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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 6 — Sep. 10, 2001
  • pp: 312–318

Ultrafast polarization dynamics and noise in pulsed vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

E. L. Blansett, M. G. Raymer, G. Khitrova, H. M. Gibbs, D. K. Serkland, A. A. Allerman, and K. M. Geib  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 9, Issue 6, pp. 312-318 (2001)

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We have measured on ps time scales the temporal behavior of the intensity noise of, and correlations between, orthogonally polarized modes in an optically pumped VCSEL. Measurements were made in both the circular and the linear bases. Sub-ps optical pumping with circular polarization leads to positively correlated intensity noise for emission in orthogonal linear polarizations. Optical pumping with linear polarization leads to anti-correlated intensity noise for emission in orthogonal linear polarizations, due to random orientation of linearly polarized emission. Intensity noise for circularly polarized emission is uncorrelated or anti-correlated depending on spin-flip rates which determine the strength of gain competition. We have generalized the theoretical treatment of San Miguel, Feng, and Moloney to successfully model these phenomena.

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OCIS Codes
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors

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Original Manuscript: July 30, 2001
Published: September 10, 2001

Ethan Blansett, Michael Raymer, Galina Khitrova, Hyatt Gibbs, Darwin Keith Serkland, A. Allerman, and Kent Geib, "Ultrafast polarization dynamics and noise in pulsed vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," Opt. Express 9, 312-318 (2001)

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