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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 24, 2014
  • pp: 7362–7363
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Introduction to the issue on Physics and Applications of Laser Dynamics (IS-PALD 2013)

Frédéric Grillot, Marc Sciamanna, and Yung-Fu Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 7362-7363 (2014)

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We introduce the Optics Express special issue of the 3rd symposium on Physics and Applications of Laser Dynamics (IS-PALD). This issue consists of expanded papers related to oral and poster presentations. Selected papers represent the best of IS-PALD 2013.

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Several contributions report on new physics explaining experimentally observed laser nonlinear dynamics. For example, Lin et al. confirm a long-standing theoretical prediction of so-called elliptically polarized injection locking in a VCSEL subject to optical injection. Virte et al. report on one of the few experiments showing self-pulsating polarization dynamics in a free-running VCSEL, but with additional bistability between two self-pulsating dynamics of slightly different frequencies. Interestingly, the dynamics of a laser diode with external modulation and time-delayed feedback is analyzed by Aragones et al. in the context of symbolic dynamics.

Read et al. report a new gain characterization method that is applied to an optically pumped continuous-wave InGaAs-GaAs quantum well VECSEL to measure its gain bandwidth and curvature. The method does not require a tunable probe laser source and also allows for the observation of semiconductor laser build-up dynamics in the class-A regime. Finally, Moloney et al. present experimental and theoretical research to reach ultrafast femtosecond timescale dynamics with VECSEL by employing different types of saturable absorbers and Kerr Lens elements. Microscopic simulations within the Maxwell Bloch semiconductor equations are used to model the laser dynamics.

This focus issue would not have been possible without the professionalism, dedication, and expertise of all the members of the OSA publication team. In particular, the Guest Editors would like to express thanks to the authors, both invited and contributed, for submitting comprehensive and thought-provoking papers. Special thanks go out to the international peer reviewers who donated their time and skill to maintain the technical quality of this special edition while also staying within tight deadlines. We would like to also specially thank the OSA staff for their assistance and support. The conference cochairs acknowledge Professor Yung-Fu Chen for assisting them as an associate editor of Optics Express to select the contributed papers of this focus issue. Finally, the Editors would like to thank Professor Andy Weiner from Purdue University (USA), Editor-in-Chief of Optics Express, for inviting us to serve the semiconductor laser community and for helping us complete this challenging, yet enjoyable task.

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Original Manuscript: March 18, 2014
Published: March 24, 2014

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Frédéric Grillot, Marc Sciamanna, and Yung-Fu Chen, "Introduction to the issue on Physics and Applications of Laser Dynamics (IS-PALD 2013)," Opt. Express 22, 7362-7363 (2014)

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