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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13748–13757

Intrinsic stability of quantum cascade lasers against optical feedback

F. P. Mezzapesa, L. L. Columbo, M. Brambilla, M. Dabbicco, S. Borri, M. S. Vitiello, H. E. Beere, D. A. Ritchie, and G. Scamarcio  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13748-13757 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.013748


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Abstract

We study the time dependence of the optical power emitted by terahertz and mid-IR quantum cascade lasers in presence of optical reinjection and demonstrate unprecedented continuous wave (CW) emission stability for strong feedback. We show that the absence of coherence collapse or other CW instabilities typical of diode lasers is inherently associated with the high value of the photon to carrier lifetime ratio and the negligible linewidth enhancement factor of quantum cascade lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization
(140.5965) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers, quantum cascade

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 8, 2013
Published: May 31, 2013

Citation
F. P. Mezzapesa, L. L. Columbo, M. Brambilla, M. Dabbicco, S. Borri, M. S. Vitiello, H. E. Beere, D. A. Ritchie, and G. Scamarcio, "Intrinsic stability of quantum cascade lasers against optical feedback," Opt. Express 21, 13748-13757 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-11-13748


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