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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 6 — Jun. 13, 2007

Electrically-pumped, broad-area, single-mode photonic crystal lasers

Lin Zhu, Philip Chak, Joyce K.S. Poon, Guy A. DeRose, Amnon Yariv, and Axel Scherer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 10, pp. 5966-5975 (2007)

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Planar broad-area single-mode lasers, with modal widths of the order of tens of microns, are technologically important for high-power applications and improved coupling efficiency into optical fibers. They may also find new areas of applications in on-chip integration with devices that are of similar size scales, such as for spectroscopy in microfluidic chambers or optical signal processing with micro-electromechanical systems. An outstanding challenge is that broad-area lasers often require external means of control, such as injection-locking or a frequency/spatial filter to obtain single-mode operation. In this paper, we propose and demonstrate effective index-guided, large-area, edge-emitting photonic crystal lasers driven by pulsed electrical current injection at the optical telecommunication wavelength of 1550nm. By suitable design of the photonic crystal lattice, our lasers operate in a single mode with a 1/e2 modal width of 25μm and a length of 600μm.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 7, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 28, 2007
Published: May 1, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Lin Zhu, Philip Chak, Joyce K. S. Poon, Guy A. DeRose, Amnon Yariv, and Axel Scherer, "Electrically-pumped, broad-area, single-mode photonic crystal lasers," Opt. Express 15, 5966-5975 (2007)

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