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Diode lasers with optical feedback: inaccessibility of the maximum gain mode
Author(s): Guido H.M. van Tartwijk; Alfred M. Levine; Daan Lenstra
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the various physical mechanisms in low-frequency intensity fluctuations are identified, that occur when a diode laser is subject to moderate optical feedback while operating close to its solitary threshold. The maximum gain mode, which surprisingly often stable, serves as a seemingly unreachable goal for the system. In attempting to reach this mode, the system forms mode-locked pulses. In between pulses the mode-locking is frustrated and inevitably the system passes too close to one of the many saddle points, that will take the system back to the low power solitary laser state.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 June 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2399, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices III, (19 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212539
Show Author Affiliations
Guido H.M. van Tartwijk, Vrije Univ. Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Alfred M. Levine, CUNY/College of Staten Island (United States)
Daan Lenstra, Vrije Univ. Amsterdam (Netherlands)


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

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