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Effects of plasma and lattice heating in VCSELs
Author(s): Cun-Zheng Ning; Robert A. Indik; Jerome V. Moloney; Stephan W. Koch
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Paper Abstract

We report thermal effects revealed by a self-consistent treatment of plasma and lattice heating in vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). The basic idea of our treatment is to couple the equations for carrier density and field amplitude in the conventional laser theory with those for two additional variables, the plasma and lattice temperatures. The CW operation of the VCSELs is investigated both for a fixed and for a self-consistently determined lattice temperature. In the first case plasma heating results in an increase of carrier density with pumping and thus in a pumping dependent frequency shift. In the latter case, both plasma and lattice heating induce a thermal switch-off of the laser as the pumping is increased. Furthermore, depending on the initial alignment of the cavity frequency and the ambient temperature of the device, heating can introduce a discontinuous threshold, exhibiting a bistability between lasing and nonlasing states. While some of our theoretical predictions are in qualitative agreement with known experiments, others await experimental verification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 June 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2399, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices III, (19 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212534
Show Author Affiliations
Cun-Zheng Ning, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Robert A. Indik, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jerome V. Moloney, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Stephan W. Koch, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2399:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices III
Marek Osinski; Weng W. Chow, Editor(s)

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