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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 10 — May. 11, 1998
  • pp: 424–430

Spatio-spectral dynamics and spontaneous ultrafast optical switching in VCSEL arrays

Ortwin Hess  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 10, pp. 424-430 (1998)

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Microscopic simulations on the basis of semiconductor Maxwell-Bloch equations show that in the short-time spatio-temporal dynamics of large aspect vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VC-SEL) and coupled VCSEL-arrays microscopic and macroscopic effects are intrinsically coupled. The combination of microscopic spatial and spectral dynamics of the carrier distribution functions and the nonlinear polarization of the active semiconductor medium reveal spatio-spectral hole-burning effects as the origin of ultra-fast mode-switching effects. In coupled VCSEL-arrays the simulations predict the emergence of spontaneous ultra-fast spatial switching.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.2010) Lasers and laser optics : Diode laser arrays
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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Original Manuscript: February 13, 1998
Revised Manuscript: December 31, 1997
Published: May 11, 1998

Ortwin Hess, "Spatio-spectral dynamics and spontaneous ultrafast optical switching in VCSEL arrays," Opt. Express 2, 424-430 (1998)

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