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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2792–2795

Active holography in InGaAs/InP quantum-well microcavities

Hao Sun, David. D. Nolte, James Hyland, and Eric Harmon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 15, pp. 2792-2795 (2013)

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High-efficiency dynamic holography at 1.55 μm is demonstrated in a broad-area InGaAs/InP multiple-quantum-well vertical microcavity. The design places single quantum wells at the cavity antinodes, reducing mode-pulling and enabling a higher Q-factor. The device is pumped by interference fringes through an amorphous mirror that is transparent to a high-energy hologram writing pulse at a wavelength of 1.06 μm. Optically pumped free carrier gratings are probed by a tunable 1.5 μm laser in a four-wave mixing configuration. Diffraction efficiency into both m=±1 diffraction orders of 35% (70% total) has been obtained with a phase grating contribution approaching the maximum π phase shift by combining absorption bleaching with asymmetric Fabry–Perot reflectivity. The diffracted signal exhibits rise/fall times of 5 ns, demonstrating the high speed capabilities of this device.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2230) Diffraction and gratings : Fabry-Perot
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(230.4205) Optical devices : Multiple quantum well (MQW) modulators

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Original Manuscript: May 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 27, 2013
Published: July 29, 2013

Hao Sun, David. D. Nolte, James Hyland, and Eric Harmon, "Active holography in InGaAs/InP quantum-well microcavities," Opt. Lett. 38, 2792-2795 (2013)

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