OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 22 — Oct. 30, 2006
  • pp: 10508–10521

Randomly phase-locked microlaser arrays and fuzzy eigenmodes with stochastic phasing

S. Riyopoulos  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 22, pp. 10508-10521 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.010508


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (456 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

Deviations in the cold cavity parameters, random or systematic, produce incoherently phased-locked laser arrays with unevenly distributed phase difference and intensity. The collective radiation fields constitute “fuzzy” eigenmodes; the phasing among cavities is constant in time but changes randomly from site-to-site. The existence and structure of such eigenmodes is demonstrated numerically and analyzed theoretically using the rate equations for coupled semiconductor laser cavities. Active coupling, whereby one cavity’s radiation field modulates the complex gain of nearby cavities (cross-cavity hole burning), is essential for the frequency pulling allowing synchronization of the laser operating frequencies.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 12, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 29, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2006
Published: October 30, 2006

Citation
S. Riyopoulos, "Randomly phase-locked microlaser arrays and fuzzy eigenmodes with stochastic phasing," Opt. Express 14, 10508-10521 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-22-10508


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. J. K. Butler, D. E. Ackley and M. Ettenberg, "Coupled-mode analysis of gain and wavelength oscillation characteristics of diode laser phased arrays," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 21, 458-464 (1990). [CrossRef]
  2. S. Riyopoulos, "Tolerance of phase-locked VCSEL arrays to random and systematic parameter deviations among cavities," IEEE JQE 41, 1450-1460 (2005). [CrossRef]
  3. S. Riyopoulos,"Effects of non-linear frequency-pulling on the cavity phasing and the collective mode structure in phase-locked VCSEL arrays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 250-256 (2006). [CrossRef]
  4. J. D. Joannopoulos, R. D. Meade and J. N. Winn in "Photonic Crystals," (Princeton University, Princeton N.J., 1995).
  5. S. Riyopoulos, "Simulations of boundary layers and point defects in coupled VCSEL arrays," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 945-957 (2005). [CrossRef]
  6. S. Riyopoulos, "Phase stability theory of Bloch eigenstates in active photonic lattices with coupled microlaser arrays," Eur. Phys. J. D 36, 295-317 (2005). [CrossRef]
  7. S. S. Wang and H. G. Winful, "Dynamics of phase-locked semiconductor arrays", Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1894- 1896 (1988).
  8. K. Otsuka, "Self-induced chaotic turbulence and phase itinerancy in coupled lasers," Phys. Rev. Lett. 65, 329-332 (1990). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited