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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2013
  • pp: 24267–24280

Active polarisation control of a quantum cascade laser using tuneable birefringence in waveguides

D. Dhirhe, T. J. Slight, B. M. Holmes, and C. N. Ironside  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 20, pp. 24267-24280 (2013)

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We discuss the design, modelling, fabrication and characterisation of an integrated tuneable birefringent waveguide for quantum cascade lasers. We have fabricated quantum cascade lasers operating at wavelengths around 4450 nm that include polarisation mode converters and a differential phase shift section. We employed below laser threshold electroluminescence to investigate the single pass operation of the integrated device. We use a theory based on the electro-optic properties of birefringence in quantum cascade laser waveguides combined with a Jones matrix based description to gain an understanding of the electroluminescence results. With the quantum cascade lasers operating above threshold we demonstrated polarisation control of the output.

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OCIS Codes
(310.2790) Thin films : Guided waves
(310.5448) Thin films : Polarization, other optical properties
(140.5965) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers, quantum cascade
(250.5960) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2013
Published: October 3, 2013

D. Dhirhe, T. J. Slight, B. M. Holmes, and C. N. Ironside, "Active polarisation control of a quantum cascade laser using tuneable birefringence in waveguides," Opt. Express 21, 24267-24280 (2013)

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