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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 20 — Sep. 27, 2010
  • pp: 21330–21341

Gain bandwidth characterization of surface-emitting quantum well laser gain structures for femtosecond operation

M. E. Barnes, Z. Mihoubi, K. G. Wilcox, A. H. Quarterman, I. Farrer, D. A. Ritchie, A. Garnache, S. Hoogland, V. Apostolopoulos, and A. C. Tropper  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 20, pp. 21330-21341 (2010)

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We present a method to experimentally characterize the gain filter and calculate a corresponding parabolic gain bandwidth of lasers that are described by “class A” dynamics by solving the master equation of spectral condensation for Gaussian spectra. We experimentally determine the gain filter, with an equivalent parabolic gain bandwidth of up to 51 nm, for broad-band InGaAs/GaAs quantum well gain surface-emitting semiconductor laser structures capable of producing pulses down to 60 fs width when mode-locked with an optical Stark saturable absorber mirror.

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ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2010
Published: September 22, 2010

M. E. Barnes, Z. Mihoubi, K. G. Wilcox, A. H. Quarterman, I. Farrer, D. A. Ritchie, A. Garnache, S. Hoogland, V. Apostolopoulos, and A. C. Tropper, "Gain bandwidth characterization of surface-emitting quantum well laser gain structures for femtosecond operation," Opt. Express 18, 21330-21341 (2010)

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