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Theoretical and experimental study of polarization switching in long-wavelength VCSELs subject to parallel optical injection
Author(s): A. Quirce; P. Pérez; A. Popp; A. Valle; L. Pesquera; Y. Hong; H. Thienpont; K. Panajotov
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Paper Abstract

We report a theoretical and experimental analysis of the polarization switching found in a single-transverse mode VCSEL when subject to parallel optical injection. We have found a novel situation in which injection locking of the parallel polarization and excitation of the free-running orthogonal polarization of the VCSEL are simultaneously obtained. Analytical expressions for the power of both linear polarizations in the previous steady state are determined. We show that considering two linear polarization modes in a model of a VCSEL subject to parallel optical injection leads to simpler expressions than those found for a VCSEL with only a single linear polarization. We show that the power emitted in both linear polarizations depend linearly on the injected power. The stability region of this solution is measured in the plane injected power versus frequency detuning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9892, Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics VII, 98920Q (28 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2227786
Show Author Affiliations
A. Quirce, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
P. Pérez, Univ. de Cantabria (Spain)
A. Popp, Univ. de Cantabria (Spain)
A. Valle, Univ. de Cantabria (Spain)
L. Pesquera, Univ. de Cantabria (Spain)
Y. Hong, Bangor Univ. (United Kingdom)
H. Thienpont, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
K. Panajotov, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Institute of Solid State Physics (Bulgaria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9892:
Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics VII
Krassimir Panajotov; Marc Sciamanna; Angel Valle; Rainer Michalzik, Editor(s)

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