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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 21 — Oct. 13, 2008
  • pp: 17014–17020

Instabilities in a grating feedback external cavity semiconductor laser

Dijun Chen, Zujie Fang, Haiwen Cai, Jianxin Geng, and Ronghui Qu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp. 17014-17020 (2008)

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Output power fluctuations in a grating external cavity diode laser with Littman configuration are described, showing peculiar chaotic behaviors of self-pulsation at the L-I curve kink points. Different spectral characteristics with multiple peaks are observed at upper and lower state of the self-pulsation. It is found also that P-N junction voltage jumps in a same pace with the pulsation. The observed phenomena reflect competition between different longitudinal modes, and transient variation of transverse modes in addition. These experimental results may contain information about the mechanisms of the chaotic instability in strong filtered feedback semiconductor lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(270.3100) Quantum optics : Instabilities and chaos

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 18, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2008
Published: October 10, 2008

Dijun Chen, Zujie Fang, Haiwen Cai, Jianxin Geng, and Ronghui Qu, "Instabilities in a grating feedback external cavity semiconductor laser," Opt. Express 16, 17014-17020 (2008)

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