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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 18, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2001
  • pp: 257–263

Dynamic holography in a broad-area optically pumped vertical GaAs microcavity

David D. Nolte, Karrin M. Kwolek, Chet Lenox, and Ben Streetman  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 257-263 (2001)

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A broad-surface-area vertical GaAs microcavity was operated as an adaptive holographic film. The cavity mirrors were transparent to high-energy (millijoules per square centimeter) hologram writing pulses at a wavelength of 730 nm that generated optically pumped gain gratings in a 1-µm-thick active layer of GaAs. The gain gratings were probed with a low-intensity (mW) tunable laser at wavelengths near the GaAs band edge in the high-reflectance bandwidth of the cavity Bragg mirrors. When the structure was designed with low mirror reflectances [(R1R2)1/2=90%] to operate below the lasing threshold, the cavity resonance bandwidth was sufficiently broad to permit homogeneous hologram readout over a large (several square millimeters) area. Diffraction efficiencies of approximately 10% were predicted and approached experimentally. These results represent a first step toward the realization of a holographic vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser structure.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

David D. Nolte, Karrin M. Kwolek, Chet Lenox, and Ben Streetman, "Dynamic holography in a broad-area optically pumped vertical GaAs microcavity," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 257-263 (2001)

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