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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2009
  • pp: 440–442

Excitable phase slips in an injection-locked single-mode quantum-dot laser

B. Kelleher, D. Goulding, S. P. Hegarty, G. Huyet, Ding-Yi Cong, A. Martinez, A. Lemaître, A. Ramdane, M. Fischer, F. Gerschütz, and J. Koeth  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 4, pp. 440-442 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.000440


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Abstract

An experimental study of the dynamics of a single-mode quantum-dot semiconductor laser undergoing optical injection is described for the first time, to our knowledge. In particular, the first observation of excitable pulses near the locking boundaries for both positive and negative detuning is reported, indicating locking via a saddle-node bifurcation for both signs of the detuning. The phase evolution of the slave electric-field during pulsing was measured and confirmed that the pulses result from 2 π phase slips. The interpulse-time statistics were analyzed, and a Kramers-like distribution was obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(140.3490) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, distributed-feedback
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 11, 2008
Published: February 9, 2009

Citation
B. Kelleher, D. Goulding, S. P. Hegarty, G. Huyet, Ding-Yi Cong, A. Martinez, A. Lemaître, A. Ramdane, M. Fischer, F. Gerschütz, and J. Koeth, "Excitable phase slips in an injection-locked single-mode quantum-dot laser," Opt. Lett. 34, 440-442 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-4-440


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