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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 26 — Dec. 21, 2009
  • pp: 23637–23642

Power and wavelength polarization bistability with very wide hysteresis cycles in a 1550nm-VCSEL subject to orthogonal optical injection

Antonio Hurtado, Ana Quirce, Angel Valle, Luis Pesquera, and Michael J. Adams  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 26, pp. 23637-23642 (2009)

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We have measured optical power and wavelength polarization bistability in a 1550nm-Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) subject to orthogonally-polarized optical injection into the orthogonal polarization of the fundamental transverse mode. Optical bistability with very wide hysteresis cycles, up to four times wider than previously reported results has been measured for both the optical power and wavelength domain. We also report the experimental observation of three different shapes of polarization bistability, anticlockwise, clockwise and X-Shape bistability, all of them with wide hysteresis cycles. This rich variety of behaviour at the important wavelength of 1550 nm offers promise for the use of VCSELs for all-optical signal processing and optical switching/routing applications.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 25, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2009
Published: December 10, 2009

Antonio Hurtado, Ana Quirce, Angel Valle, Luis Pesquera, and Michael J. Adams, "Power and wavelength polarization bistability with very wide hysteresis cycles in a 1550nm-VCSEL subject to orthogonal optical injection," Opt. Express 17, 23637-23642 (2009)

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