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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 18 — Sep. 9, 2013
  • pp: 20931–20940

Excitability and optical pulse generation in semiconductor lasers driven by resonant tunneling diode photo-detectors

Bruno Romeira, Julien Javaloyes, Charles N. Ironside, José M. L. Figueiredo, Salvador Balle, and Oreste Piro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 18, pp. 20931-20940 (2013)

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We demonstrate, experimentally and theoretically, excitable nanosecond optical pulses in optoelectronic integrated circuits operating at telecommunication wavelengths (1550 nm) comprising a nanoscale double barrier quantum well resonant tunneling diode (RTD) photo-detector driving a laser diode (LD). When perturbed either electrically or optically by an input signal above a certain threshold, the optoelectronic circuit generates short electrical and optical excitable pulses mimicking the spiking behavior of biological neurons. Interestingly, the asymmetric nonlinear characteristic of the RTD-LD allows for two different regimes where one obtain either single pulses or a burst of multiple pulses. The high-speed excitable response capabilities are promising for neurally inspired information applications in photonics.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(250.3140) Optoelectronics : Integrated optoelectronic circuits
(250.5960) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

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Original Manuscript: May 7, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 2, 2013
Published: August 30, 2013

Bruno Romeira, Julien Javaloyes, Charles N. Ironside, José M. L. Figueiredo, Salvador Balle, and Oreste Piro, "Excitability and optical pulse generation in semiconductor lasers driven by resonant tunneling diode photo-detectors," Opt. Express 21, 20931-20940 (2013)

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