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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2004
  • pp: 53–55

Waveguiding effects in self-pulsing vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Guy Van der Sande, Krassimir Panajotov, Michael Peeters, Irina Veretennicoff, Jan Danckaert, and Thomas Erneux  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 1, pp. 53-55 (2004)

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Self-pulsing in semiconductor lasers containing a saturable absorber is well documented. We propose an alternative mechanism leading to self-pulsing in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers. We specifically consider waveguiding effects and determine the conditions for self-pulsing. Our theoretical and numerical results agree with experimental observations reported by Willemsen et al. [Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3514 (2000)].

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OCIS Codes
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

Guy Van der Sande, Krassimir Panajotov, Michael Peeters, Irina Veretennicoff, Jan Danckaert, and Thomas Erneux, "Waveguiding effects in self-pulsing vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," Opt. Lett. 29, 53-55 (2004)

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