OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2006
  • pp: 341–346

Spatial modulation instability in periodically patterned semiconductor optical amplifiers

Erdem A. Ultanir, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and George I. Stegeman  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 341-346 (2006)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (274 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We theoretically investigate the spatial modulation instability (MI) properties of an electrically pumped, periodically patterned semiconductor optical amplifier. The MI spatial period is found to be related to the widths of the stable solitons supported by this device. Specific conditions for the observation of MI in such dissipative structures are given in terms of relevant examples.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW
(250.5530) Optoelectronics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 7, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 10, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 2005

Erdem A. Ultanir, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and George I. Stegeman, "Spatial modulation instability in periodically patterned semiconductor optical amplifiers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 341-346 (2006)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. G. I. Stegeman and M. Segev, "Optical spatial solitons and their interactions: universality and diversity," Science 286, 1518-1523 (1999). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. E. A. Ultanir, G. I. Stegeman, D. Michaelis, C. H. Lange, and F. Lederer, "Stable dissipative solitons in semiconductor optical amplifiers," Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 253903 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. E. A. Ultanir, D. Michaelis, F. Lederer, and G. I. Stegeman, "Stable spatial solitons in semiconductor optical amplifiers," Opt. Lett. 28, 251-253 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. D. Michaelis, U. Peschel, and F. Lederer, "Multistable localized structures and superlattices in semiconductor optical resonators," Phys. Rev. A 56, R3366-R3369 (1997). [CrossRef]
  5. L. Spinelli, G. Tissoni, M. Brambilla, F. Prati, and L. A. Lugiato, "Spatial solitons in semiconductor microcavities," Phys. Rev. A 58, 2542-2559 (1998). [CrossRef]
  6. E. A. Ultanir, G. I. Stegeman, C. H. Lange, and F. Lederer, "Coherent interactions of dissipative spatial solitons," Opt. Lett. 29, 283-285 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. S. Barland, J. R. Tredicce, M. Brambilla, L. A. Lugiato, S. Balle, M. Guidici, T. Maggipinto, L. Spinelli, G. Tissoni, T. Knodl, M. Miller, and R. Jager, "Cavity solitons as pixels in semiconductor microcavities," Nature 419, 699-702 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. Z. Chen and K. McCarthy, "Spatial soliton pixels from partially incoherent light," Opt. Lett. 27, 2019-2021 (2002). [CrossRef]
  9. J. W. Fleischer, M. Segev, N. K. Efremidis, and D. N. Christodoulides, "Observation of two-dimensional discrete solitons in optically induced nonlinear photonic lattices," Nature 422, 147-150 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics, 2nd ed. (Academic, 1995), pp. 133-142.
  11. M. Soljacic, M. Segev, T. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, and A. Vishwanath, "Modulation instability of incoherent beams in noninstantaneous nonlinear media," Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 467-470 (2000). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. A. Hasegawa and W. F. Brinkman, "Tunable coherent IR and FIR sources utilizing modulational instability," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 16694-697 (1980). [CrossRef]
  13. J. R. Tredicce, E. J. Quel, A. M. Ghazzawi, C. Green, M. A. Pernigo, L. M. Narducci, and L. A. Lugiato, "Spatial and temporal instabilities in a CO2 laser," Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 1274-1277 (1989). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  14. M. Nakazawa, K. Suzukki, and H. A. Haus, "Modulational instability oscillation in nonlinear dispersive ring cavity," Phys. Rev. A 38, 5193-5196 (1988). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  15. M. Haelterman, S. Trillo, and S. Wabnitz, "Additive-modulation instability ring laser in the normal dispersion regime of a fiber," Opt. Lett. 17, 745-747 (1992). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  16. L. Goldberg, M. R. Surette, and D. Mehuys, "Filament formation in a tapered GaAlAs optical amplifier," Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 2304-2306 (1993). [CrossRef]
  17. A. H. Paxton and G. C. Dente, "Filament formation in semiconductor laser gain regions," J. Appl. Phys. 70, 2921-2925 (1991). [CrossRef]
  18. M. I. Carvalho, S. R. Singh, and D. N. Christodoulides, "Modulational instability of quasi-plane-wave optical beams biased in photorefractive crystals," Opt. Commun. 126, 167-174 (1996). [CrossRef]
  19. S. Trillo and P. Ferro, "Modulational instability in second-harmonic generation," Opt. Lett. 20, 438-440 (1995). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. P. Ferro and S. Trillo, "Periodical waves, domain walls, and modulational instability in dispersive quadratic nonlinear media," Phys. Rev. E 51, 4994-4998 (1995). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited