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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 7 — Sep. 25, 2000
  • pp: 249–259

Polarization correlations in pulsed, vertical-cavity, surface-emitting lasers

D.R. Shelly, T.W.S. Garrison, M. Beck, and D.H. Christensen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 7, Issue 7, pp. 249-259 (2000)

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We have examined noise behavior and polarization correlations in the output of a pulsed, multitransverse-mode, vertical-cavity, surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). We have measured the output of the laser simultaneously in two orthogonal, linear polarizations as a function of drive current for pulse widths of 3 ns, 10 ns, and 30 ns. We present joint probability distributions for the number of detected photoelectrons in each of the two polarization-resolved outputs. The joint distributions indicate that the correlations can be quite complicated, and are not completely described by a single number (i.e., the correlation coefficient). Furthermore, we find that the number of lasing modes appears to be the most important parameter in determining the degree of polarization correlation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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Original Manuscript: August 2, 2000
Published: September 25, 2000

David Shelly, T. Garrison, Mark Kevin Beck, and D. Christensen, "Polarization correlations in pulsed, vertical cavity, surface-emitting lasers," Opt. Express 7, 249-259 (2000)

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