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Inhomogeneous quantum dot gain medium for improved spatial coherence in wide-aperture semiconductor lasers
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Paper Abstract

To analyze the problem of modal filamentation and beam-instabilities in wide-aperture semiconductor lasers, we have developed a sophisticated opto-electro-thermal model based on Maxwell-Bloch formalism, to describe frequency-, carrier- and temperature-dependent gain and dispersion. Effects of both homogeneous and inhomogeneous gain broadening are analyzed. It is shown, via linear stability analysis and high resolution space-time adaptive FEM simulations that inhomogeneous gain broadening in quantum dot (QD) lasers enhances spatial coherence and leads to suppressed filamentation and stable far-fields in both thermal and non-thermal regimes even when the phase-amplitude coupling is comparable to that in quantum well (QW) gain medium.

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Date Published: 25 February 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7597, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVIII, 759717 (25 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840661
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Jayanta Mukherjee, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
John G. McInerney, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7597:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVIII
Bernd Witzigmann; Fritz Henneberger; Yasuhiko Arakawa; Marek Osinski, Editor(s)

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