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Reflectors and tuning elements for widely-tunable GaAs-based sampled grating DBR lasers
Author(s): O. Brox; H. Wenzel; P. Della Case; M. Tawfieq; B. Sumpf; M. Weyers; A. Knigge
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Paper Abstract

Widely-tunable lasers without moving parts are attractive light sources for sensors in industry and biomedicine. In contrast to InP based sampled grating (SG) distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) diode lasers which are commercially available, shorter wavelength GaAs SG-DBR lasers are still under development. One reason is the difficulty to integrate gratings with coupling coefficients that are high enough for functional grating bursts with lengths below 10 μm. Recently we have demonstrated > 20 nm wide quasi-continuous tuning with a GaAs based SG-DBR laser emitting around 975 nm. Wavelength selective reflectors are realized with SGs having different burst periods for the front and back mirrors. Thermal tuning elements (resistors) which are placed on top of the SG allow the control of the spectral positions of the SG reflector combs and hence to adjust the Vernier mode. In this work we characterize subsections of the developed SG-DBR laser to further improve its performance. We study the impact of two different vertical structures (with vertical far field FWHMs of 41° and 24°) and two grating orders on the coupling coefficient. Gratings with coupling coefficients above 350 cm-1 have been integrated into SG-DBR lasers. We also examine electronic tuning elements (a technique which is typically applied in InP based SG-DBR lasers and allows tuning within nanoseconds) and discuss the limitations in the GaAs material system

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10553, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XVII, 1055310 (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2287413
Show Author Affiliations
O. Brox, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
H. Wenzel, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
P. Della Case, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
M. Tawfieq, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
B. Sumpf, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
M. Weyers, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
A. Knigge, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10553:
Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XVII
Alexey A. Belyanin; Peter M. Smowton, Editor(s)

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