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VCSEL proliferation
Author(s): Jim Tatum
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Paper Abstract

Since the commercialization of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) in 1996, Finisar's Advanced Optical Components Division has shipped well over 50 Million VCSELs. The vast majority of these were shipped into the data communications industry, which was essentially the only volume application until 2005. The driver for VCSEL manufacturing might well shift to the increasingly popular laser based optical mouse. The advantages of the laser based mouse over traditional LED mice include operation on a wider range of surfaces, higher resolution, and increased battery lifetime. What is the next application that will drive growth in VCSELs? This paper will offer a historical perspective on the emergence of VCSELs from the laboratory to reality, and the companies that have played key roles in VCSEL commercialization. Furthermore, a perspective on the market needs of future VCSEL development and applications is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6484, Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers XI, 648403 (7 February 2007);
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Jim Tatum, Finisar Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6484:
Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers XI
Kent D. Choquette; James K. Guenter, Editor(s)

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