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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 24 — Nov. 19, 2012
  • pp: 26184–26199

Traveling wave electrode design of electro-optically modulated coupled-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Mateusz Zujewski, Hugo Thienpont, and Krassimir Panajotov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 24, pp. 26184-26199 (2012)

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We present a novel design of an electro-optically modulated coupled-cavity vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (CC-VCSEL) with traveling wave electrodes of the modulator cavity, which allows to overcome the RC time constant of a traditional lumped electrode structures. The CC-VCSEL optical design is based on longitudinal mode switching which has recently experimentally demonstrated a record modulation speed. We carry out segmented transmission line electrical design of the modulator cavity in order to compensate for the low impedance of the modulator section and to match the 50 Ω electrical network. We have optimized two types of highly efficient modulator structures reaching −3 dB electrical cut-off frequency of fcut-off = 330 GHz with maximum reflection of −22 dB in the range from fLF = 100 MHz to fcut-off and 77 – 89% modulation efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(260.6580) Physical optics : Stark effect
(250.4110) Optoelectronics : Modulators
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 20, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2012
Published: November 5, 2012

Mateusz Zujewski, Hugo Thienpont, and Krassimir Panajotov, "Traveling wave electrode design of electro-optically modulated coupled-cavity surface-emitting lasers," Opt. Express 20, 26184-26199 (2012)

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