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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4476–4478

Excitability in a semiconductor laser with saturable absorber

Sylvain Barbay, Robert Kuszelewicz, and Alejandro M. Yacomotti  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 23, pp. 4476-4478 (2011)

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We show that a monolithic and compact vertical cavity laser with intracavity saturable absorber can emit short excitable pulses. These calibrated optical pulses can be excited as a response to an input perturbation whose amplitude is above a certain threshold. Subnanosecond excitable response is promising for applications to novel all-optical devices for information processing or logical gates.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(200.4700) Optics in computing : Optical neural systems
(250.7270) Optoelectronics : Vertical emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2011
Published: November 18, 2011

Sylvain Barbay, Robert Kuszelewicz, and Alejandro M. Yacomotti, "Excitability in a semiconductor laser with saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 36, 4476-4478 (2011)

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