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Multimode dynamics of semiconductor lasers
Author(s): Luca Furfaro; Alejandro Yacomotti; Francesco Pedaci; Xavier Hachair; Julien Javaloyes; Massimo Giudici; Jorge R. Tredicce; Salvador Balle; Paul Mandel; Evgeny Viktorov
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Paper Abstract

In this manuscript we analyze the modal dynamics of multimode semiconductor quantum-well lasers. Modal switching is the dominant feature of the devices analyzed and it obeys a highly organized antiphase dynamics which leads to an almost constant total intensity output. For each active mode a regular switching at frequencies of few MHz is observed. The activation order of the modes follows a well defined sequence starting from the lowest wavelength (bluest) mode to the highest wavelength (reddest) mode, then the sequence starts again from the bluest mode. Using a multimode theoretical model and a simpler phenomenological model we identify that four wave mixing is the dominant mechanism at the origin of the observed dynamics. The asymmetry of the susceptibility function of semiconductor materials allows to explain the optical frequency sequence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5452, Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics, (1 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.545514
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Luca Furfaro, Institut Non Lineaire de Nice, CNRS (France)
Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Alejandro Yacomotti, Institut Non Lineaire de Nice, CNRS (France)
Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Francesco Pedaci, Institut Non Lineaire de Nice, CNRS (France)
Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Xavier Hachair, Institut Non Lineaire de Nice, CNRS (France)
Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Julien Javaloyes, Institut Non Lineaire de Nice, CNRS (France)
Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Massimo Giudici, Institut Non Lineaire de Nice, CNRS (France)
Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Jorge R. Tredicce, Institut Non Lineaire de Nice, CNRS (France)
Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Salvador Balle, Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avancats (Spain)
Paul Mandel, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Evgeny Viktorov, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5452:
Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics
Daan Lenstra; Geert Morthier; Thomas Erneux; Markus Pessa, Editor(s)

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