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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 9704–9711

Low saturation fluence antiresonant quantum dot SESAMs for MIXSEL integration

Aude-Reine Bellancourt, Yohan Barbarin, Deran J. H. C. Maas, Mohammad Shafiei, Martin Hoffmann, Matthias Golling, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 9704-9711 (2009)

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Quantum dot (QD) semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) offer a larger design freedom than standard quantum well (QW) SESAMs. QD density, QD growth conditions, number of QD-layers, and post-growth annealing were optimized to independently reduce the saturation fluence and adjust the modulation depth for an antiresonant SESAM that supported for the first time passive modelocking of a vertical external-cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) with the same spot size on gain and absorber. The same spot size is a requirement for the modelocked integrated external-cavity surface emitting laser (MIXSEL) concept which enables wafer-scale fabrication of the ultrafast semiconductor laser. The antiresonant SESAM design has low dispersion, is less susceptible to growth errors, and is therefore very promising for short pulse generation and MIXSEL integration.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 14, 2009
Published: May 26, 2009

Aude-Reine Bellancourt, Yohan Barbarin, Deran J. H. C. Maas, Mohammad Shafiei, Martin Hoffmann, Matthias Golling, Thomas Südmeyer, and Ursula Keller, "Low saturation fluence antiresonant quantum dot SESAMs for MIXSEL integration," Opt. Express 17, 9704-9711 (2009)

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