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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 3 — Jan. 31, 2011
  • pp: 2476–2484

Polarization switching and polarization mode hopping in quantum dot vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Lukasz Olejniczak, Krassimir Panajotov, Hugo Thienpont, Marc Sciamanna, Alex Mutig, Friedhelm Hopfer, and Dieter Bimberg  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 2476-2484 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.002476


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Abstract

We show experimentally that polarization mode hopping in quantum dot vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) takes place between nonorthogonal elliptically polarized modes. In contrast to quantum well VCSELs the average dwell time decreases with injection current. This decrease is by 8 orders of magnitude: from seconds to nanoseconds and is achieved without any modifications of the VCSEL internal anisotropies. The observed scaling happens in a range of currents as wide as 8 times the threshold value.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: November 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 16, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2010
Published: January 25, 2011

Citation
Lukasz Olejniczak, Krassimir Panajotov, Hugo Thienpont, Marc Sciamanna, Alex Mutig, Friedhelm Hopfer, and Dieter Bimberg, "Polarization switching and polarization mode hopping in quantum dot vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," Opt. Express 19, 2476-2484 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-3-2476


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