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Ultrafast harmonic mode-locking of monolithic compound-cavity laser diodes incorporating photonic-bandgap reflectors
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Paper Abstract

We present the first demonstration of reproducible harmonic modelocked operation from a novel design of monolithic semiconductor laser comprising a compound cavity formed by a 1-D photonic-bandgap (PBG) mirror. Modelocking is achieved at a harmonic of the fundamental round-trip frequency with pulse repetition rates from 131 GHz up to a record high frequency of 2.1 THz. The devices are fabricated from GaAs/AlGaAs material emitting at a wavelength of 860 nm and incorporate two gain sections with an etched PBG reflector between them, and a saturable absorber section. Autocorrelation studies are reported, which allow the device behaviour for different modelocking frequencies, compound cavity ratios, and type and number of intra-cavity reflectors to be analyzed. The highly reflective PBG microstructures are shown to be essential for subharmonic-free modelocking operation of the high-frequency devices. We have also demonstrated that the multi-slot PBG reflector can be replaced by two separate slots with smaller reflectivity. These lasers may find applications in terahertz imaging, medicine, ultrafast optical links, and atmospheric sensing.

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Date Published: 30 October 2001
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 4598, Photonics Technology in the 21st Century, (30 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.447101
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Dan A. Yanson, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Michael W. Street, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Stewart D. McDougall, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Iain G. Thayne, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
John H. Marsh, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Evgenii A. Avrutin, Univ. of York (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4598:
Photonics Technology in the 21st Century

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