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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5147–5152

A passively aligned VCSEL transmitter operating at fixed current over a wide temperature range

Jonghyun Park, Taeyong Kim, Sung-Han Kim, and Sang-Bae Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5147-5152 (2009)

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We have investigated low-current operation characteristics of a passively aligned VCSEL transmitter driven at fixed “on” and “off” current over a wide temperature range. GaAs/AlGaAs-based 850-nm oxide VCSELs with the minimum threshold current of 0.79 mA at 50 °C and small temperature dependence of the threshold current, d2Ith /dT2, as low as 0.114 μA/C2 have been fabricated and used for the transmitter module. The superior temperature characteristics enable fixed-current operation of the VCSEL transmitter that complies with Gigabit Ethernet standard over a wide temperature range from -20 to 120 °C. This result paves the way to a VCSEL transmitter featured by low-power consumption, low-cost with a simple driving circuit and passive alignment, and a wide operation temperature range.

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OCIS Codes
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 13, 2009
Published: March 17, 2009

Jonghyun Park, Taeyong Kim, Sung-Han Kim, and Sang-Bae Kim, "A passively aligned VCSEL transmitter operating at fixed current over a wide temperature range," Opt. Express 17, 5147-5152 (2009)

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