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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2011
  • pp: 3777–3779

Tailoring wave chaos in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers via polarization control

Andreas Molitor, Martin Blazek, and Wolfgang Elsäßer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 19, pp. 3777-3779 (2011)

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We demonstrate that polarization control in combination with the geometrical shape affects wave chaos phenomena in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). In a grating-polarization-stabilized VCSEL, we demonstrate wave chaos in one polarization mode and a transition from wave chaos to regular behavior in the other orthogonal polarization mode. We quantify the amount of chaoticity via the Brody nearest-neighbor distribution. Comparing with a reference VCSEL without a surface-grating, we explain these results and their injection current dependence by the surface-grating-induced mode selection and a change in the effective resonator shape.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 31, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 31, 2011
Published: September 22, 2011

Andreas Molitor, Martin Blazek, and Wolfgang Elsäßer, "Tailoring wave chaos in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers via polarization control," Opt. Lett. 36, 3777-3779 (2011)

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