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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 24 — Dec. 2, 2013
  • pp: 29392–29400

Theory of carrier depletion and light amplification in active slow light photonic crystal waveguides

Yaohui Chen and Jesper Mørk  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 24, pp. 29392-29400 (2013)

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Using a perturbative approach, we perform a quantitative three-dimensional analysis of slow-light enhanced traveling wave amplification in an active semiconductor photonic crystal waveguide. The impact of slow-light propagation on the carrier-depletion-induced nonlinear gain saturation of the device is investigated. An effective rate-equation-based model is presented. It is shown that it well accounts for the three-dimensional simulation results. Simulations indicate that a slow-light-enhanced photonic crystal traveling-wave amplifier has a high small-signal modal gain and low saturation power.

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OCIS Codes
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: September 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 13, 2013
Published: November 21, 2013

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Yaohui Chen and Jesper Mørk, "Theory of carrier depletion and light amplification in active slow light photonic crystal waveguides," Opt. Express 21, 29392-29400 (2013)

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