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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2004–2006

Class A mode-locked semiconductor ring laser

A. Tierno, F. Gustave, and S. Barland  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 11, pp. 2004-2006 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.002004


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate low-repetition-rate mode-locked operation of a macroscopic semiconductor ring laser. Since antiphase periodic pulses are observed only when the two directions of operation are constrained to spatially overlap in the semiconductor medium, we interpret this regime as a result of coupling and competition between clockwise and counterclockwise emission directions. Because of its time constants and the possibility of unidirectional operation, the device could be highly suitable for the generation of temporal cavity solitons.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3560) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ring
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 9, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 2012
Published: May 30, 2012

Citation
A. Tierno, F. Gustave, and S. Barland, "Class A mode-locked semiconductor ring laser," Opt. Lett. 37, 2004-2006 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-11-2004


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