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Transverse and polarization mode selection in VCSELs
Author(s): Josep Mulet; Claudio R. Mirasso; Salvador Balle; Maxi San Miguel
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Paper Abstract

We develop a mesoscopic model of semiconductor dynamics for vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers which allows us to describe polarization and transverse mode dynamics simultaneously. Within this model, we study the selection processes and the turn-on delay for the switch-on of different transverse modes in gain-guided VCSELs. We consider different active-region diameters, excitation conditions and current shapes. Following the application of the current pulse, transverse modes become excited in a quite definite sequence. After the turn-on, the VCSEL initially switches-on in the fundamental transverse mode, but higher-order transverse modes become excited later. In general, the results obtained are in qualitative agreement with experiments reported recently. Finally, we discuss the current shape dependence on the transverse mode selection at threshold.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4283, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices IX, (9 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.432559
Show Author Affiliations
Josep Mulet, Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados (Spain)
Claudio R. Mirasso, Univ. de les Illes Balears (Spain)
Salvador Balle, Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados (Spain)
Maxi San Miguel, Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4283:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices IX
Yasuhiko Arakawa; Peter Blood; Marek Osinski, Editor(s)

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