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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2009
  • pp: 3809–3817

Widely tunable coupled-cavity semiconductor laser

Ferdous K. Khan and Daniel T. Cassidy  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 19, pp. 3809-3817 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.003809


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Abstract

We describe a widely tunable coupled-cavity semiconductor laser with a nearly continuous tuning capability of 100 nm . A below threshold model for coupled-cavity devices using a transfer matrix approach that takes into account the tilt of the facets forming the gap between the coupled sections was developed and is presented. Nonlinear fits of the below-threshold spectra to the model were used to extract device parameters. These fits and parameters were then used to understand the operation of the devices and the direction to take to improve the performance of the devices. It is observed that for facet angles 7 ° , a two-section coupled-cavity device works like an injection-locked laser, while for angles 4 ° , the sections work as a truly-coupled system.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(140.3325) Lasers and laser optics : Laser coupling

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2009
Published: June 25, 2009

Citation
Ferdous K. Khan and Daniel T. Cassidy, "Widely tunable coupled-cavity semiconductor laser," Appl. Opt. 48, 3809-3817 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-19-3809


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