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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 7 — Apr. 4, 2005
  • pp: 2707–2715

Correlation properties and drift phenomena in the dynamics of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with optical feedback

Markus Sondermann and Thorsten Ackemann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 7, pp. 2707-2715 (2005)

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We investigate experimentally the polarization dynamics of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with isotropic optical feedback operating in the long-cavity regime. By means of an analysis of the correlation properties in the time domain and in the frequency domain a connection between a drift phenomenon and frequency components that deviate from the harmonics of the external cavity round-trip frequency is revealed. The latter frequency components are shown to result from an interaction of external cavity dynamics and relaxation oscillations. An analogy to the carrier-envelope effect in mode-locked lasers is drawn. Similar drift phenomena are observed also for other laser systems with delay.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(270.3100) Quantum optics : Instabilities and chaos

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 10, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 18, 2005
Published: April 4, 2005

Markus Sondermann and Thorsten Ackemann, "Correlation properties and drift phenomena in the dynamics of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with optical feedback," Opt. Express 13, 2707-2715 (2005)

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