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Quasi-3D modeling of vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser operation
Author(s): Rainer Michalzik; Karl Joachim Ebeling
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Paper Abstract

A comprehensive quasi-3D model is presented to calculate the CW output characteristics of planar vertical-cavity surface emitting laser diodes. The model contains the determination of the longitudinal and transverse mode structure and accounts for carrier diffusion effects in the active layer in a self-consistent manner. The use of a multiwave propagation technique for the identification of resonator eigenmodes or the computation of diffraction limited mirror reflectivities is explained in detail. A simplified approach is proposed for VCSELs exhibiting strong thermally induced index guiding. Thermal lensing and spatial hole burning effects leading to the onset of higher transverse order mode oscillation are theoretically explained. Quantitative agreement with experimental values for differential quantum efficiency and maximum single-mode output power is achieved by including size-dependent parasitic effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 June 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2399, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices III, (19 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212513
Show Author Affiliations
Rainer Michalzik, Univ. Ulm (Germany)
Karl Joachim Ebeling, Univ. Ulm (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2399:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices III
Marek Osinski; Weng W. Chow, Editor(s)

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