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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 11 — May. 25, 2009
  • pp: 9288–9299

Power- or frequency-driven hysteresis for continuous-wave optically injected distributed-feedback semiconductor lasers

Stéphane Blin, Olivier Vaudel, Pascal Besnard, and Renaud Gabet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 11, pp. 9288-9299 (2009)

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Bistabilities between a steady (or pulsating, chaotic) and different pulsating regimes are investigated for an optically injected semiconductor laser. Both numerical and experimental studies are reported for continuous-wave single-mode semiconductor distributed-feedback lasers emitting at 1.55 μm. Hysteresis are driven by either changing the optically injected power or the frequency difference between both lasers. The effect of the injected laser pumping rate is also examined. Systematic mappings of the possible laser outputs (injection locking, bimodal, wave mixing, chaos or relaxation oscillations) are carried out. At small pumping rates (1.2 times threshold), only locking and bimodal regimes are observed. The extent of the bistable area is either 11 dB or 35 GHz, depending on the varying parameters. At high pumping rates (4 times threshold), numerous injection regimes are observed. Injection locking and its bistabilities are also reported for secondary longitudinal modes.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3490) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, distributed-feedback
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2009
Published: May 19, 2009

Stéphane Blin, Olivier Vaudel, Pascal Besnard, and Renaud Gabet, "Power- or frequency-driven hysteresis for continuous-wave optically injected distributed-feedback semiconductor lasers," Opt. Express 17, 9288-9299 (2009)

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