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Effect of the threshold reduction on a catastrophic optical mirror damage in broad-area semiconductor lasers with optical feedback
Author(s): Yoshiro Takiguchi; Tsunenori Asatsuma; Shoji Hirata
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Paper Abstract

We experimentally and theoretically studied degradation phenomena and their mechanism in broad-area semiconductor lasers (BA-LDs) with optical feedback (OFB). We made two types of BA-LDs (one is consisted of AlGaAs emitting at 808nm in TE mode, and another one is consisted of AlGaInP emitting at 642nm in TM mode), and investigated conditions of the degradations caused by an optical feedback. The both types of BA-LDs showed degradations depending on feedback rate and output power. For example, both BA-LDs were damaged with about 20% of intensity feedback rate at half of an output power of a catastrophic optical mirror damage (COMD) levels. To describe a theoretical model for the degradation, the optical power at a front facet of the BA-LDs was calculated and compared with the COMD level of the solitary BA-LDs. In the theoretical model, we included a threshold reduction caused by the OFB. We found that the degradation was explained by a constructive interference between internal and the feedback optical fields. The BA-LDs are damaged when a coherent sum of those fields exceeds the solitary COMD level. We found that the threshold reduction decreases a critical value of the feedback rate corresponding to the damage at low output power regime, and also found that there is an optimum reflectivity of the front facet. The theoretical results show a good agreement with experimental results. According to this model, we can avoid the damages induced by the OFB in the various applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6104, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications IV, 61040X (15 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.644473
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Yoshiro Takiguchi, Sony Corp. (Japan)
Tsunenori Asatsuma, Sony Corp. (Japan)
Shoji Hirata, Sony Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6104:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications IV
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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