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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 26 — Dec. 20, 2010
  • pp: 27525–27533

Coupled-cavity surface-emitting lasers: spectral and polarization threshold characteristics and electrooptic switching

Krassimir Panajotov, Mateusz Zujewski, and Hugo Thienpont  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 26, pp. 27525-27533 (2010)

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We perform a theoretical linear study of the spectral and polarization threshold characteristics of coupled-cavity Vertical-Surface-Emitting Lasers (CC-VCSEL) on the base of a simple matrix approach. We show that strong wavelength discrimination can be achieved in CC-VCSELs by slightly detuning the cavities. However, polarization discrimination is not provided by the coupled-cavity design. We also consider the case of reverse-biasing one of the cavities, i.e. using it as a modulator via linear and/or quadratic electrooptic effect. Such a CC-VCSEL can act as a voltage-controlled polarization or wavelength switching device that is decoupled from the laser design. We also show that using QD stack instead of quantum wells in the top cavity would lead to significant reduction of the driving electrical field.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 11, 2010
Published: December 15, 2010

Krassimir P. Panajotov, Mateusz Zujewski, and Hugo Thienpont, "Coupled-cavity surface-emitting lasers: spectral and polarization threshold characteristics and electrooptic switching," Opt. Express 18, 27525-27533 (2010)

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