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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 10335–10343

Angular emission characteristics of quantum cascade spiral microlasers

Martina Hentschel, Tae-Yoon Kwon, Mikhail A. Belkin, Ross Audet, and Federico Capasso  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 10335-10343 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.010335


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Abstract

We perform ray and wave simulations of passive and active spiral-shaped optical microcavities, comparing our results to experimental data obtained with mid-infrared quantum cascade spiral microlasers. Focusing on the angular emission characteristics, we find that both ray and wave simulations are consistent with the experimental data, showing richly-featured, multidirectional far-field emission patterns in the case of uniform pumping and TM-polarized light. Active cavity simulations using the Schrödinger-Bloch model indicate that selective pumping of the quantum cascade spiral microlasers near the resonator boundary will yield unidirectional laser emission.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2009
Published: June 5, 2009

Citation
Martina Hentschel, Tae-Yoon Kwon, Mikhail A. Belkin, Ross Audet, and Federico Capasso, "Angular emission characteristics of quantum cascade spiral microlasers," Opt. Express 17, 10335-10343 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-12-10335


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