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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1059–1063

Switching between polarized modes of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser by isotropic optical feedback

P. Besnard, M. L. Charès, G. Stéphan, and F. Robert  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 16, Issue 7, pp. 1059-1063 (1999)

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Experiments are described that show that polarization of light in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser subjected to isotropic optical feedback can jump regularly back and forth between two orthogonal states when the injection current is increased. The polarization-resolved light-current characteristic curves are thus channeled. This effect occurs when the dichroism of the laser is weak enough to allow the effective (isotropic) reflectance to impose the polarization. A comparison of a model introduced by MiguelSan [Phys. Rev. A 52, 1728 (1995)] and the standard equations indicates that the best description is given when no spin relaxation is included.

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(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers

P. Besnard, M. L. Charès, G. Stéphan, and F. Robert, "Switching between polarized modes of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser by isotropic optical feedback," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1059-1063 (1999)

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