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Self pulsing quantum dot lasers for optical coherence tomography
Author(s): Haoling Liu; Peter Smowton; Gareth Edwards; Wolfgang Drexler; Huw Summers
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we will discuss the necessary properties of the light source needed for high resolution and high penetration OCT. We examine the performance of a self pulsating edge emitting quantum dot laser diode light source emitting at ~1050nm and configured as a split contact device with separate gain and absorber sections. The device can be configured to operate with a reverse biased saturable absorber section or with the whole device forward biased into gain. With the device operated without a saturable absorber section the laser emits a number of discrete narrow modes, which merge to form a broad continuous lasing spectrum (width up to 10nm) on application of the saturable absorber. In the time domain we observe continuous emission that becomes self pulsation, with pulse widths of 200-300ps and frequency of 0.6 - 1.5GHz depending on drive current and reverse bias, on application of the saturable absorber.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 February 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7230, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers VIII, 72300A (5 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.813504
Show Author Affiliations
Haoling Liu, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Peter Smowton, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gareth Edwards, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Wolfgang Drexler, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Huw Summers, Swansea Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7230:
Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers VIII
Alexey A. Belyanin; Peter M. Smowton, Editor(s)

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