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Advances in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers
Author(s): Robert A. Morgan
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews the progress in the technology and application of vertical cavity surface emitting semiconductor laser (VCSEL) arrays. I focus on the capability to obtain high-performance, high-yield, uniformly operating arrays. Both 1D individually addressable arrays and 2D matrix-addressable VCSEL arrays are described. These arrays are made possible by the novel geometry of VCSELs and the advances in the field of epitaxial growth. Applications envisioned include high-speed parallel optical data links (exploiting both 1D and 2D arrays) and imaging, microscopy and computational technologies which readily benefit from 2D addressable sources. The characteristics of VCSEL devices and arrays for use as transmitter sources as optical interconnects and for display and/or imaging applications are stressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1994
PDF: 23 pages
Proc. SPIE 2147, Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser Arrays, (2 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177205
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Robert A. Morgan, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2147:
Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser Arrays
Jack L. Jewell, Editor(s)

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