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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 16 — Aug. 8, 2005
  • pp: 5994–5999

Electromagnetic approach to laser resonator analysis

Tuomas Vallius, Jani Tervo, Pasi Vahimaa, and Jari Turunen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 16, pp. 5994-5999 (2005)

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An electromagnetic method based on rigorous diffraction theory of gratings is introduced to analyze the modal structure of semiconductor laser cavities. The approach is based on the use of the Fourier Modal Method, the S-matrix algorithm, and the formulation of an eigenvalue problem from which the wave forms and eigenvalues of the modes can be determined numerically. The method is completely rigorous for infinitely periodic laser arrays and is applicable to individual laser resonators with the introduction of imaginary absorbing regions.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators

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Original Manuscript: June 23, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 18, 2005
Published: August 8, 2005

Tuomas Vallius, Jani Tervo, Pasi Vahimaa, and Jari Turunen, "Electromagnetic approach to laser resonator analysis," Opt. Express 13, 5994-5999 (2005)

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