Phase-locked array laser diodes (LDs) by using 1 × N active multimode-interferometer (MMI)

Teppei Fukuda, Kazunori Okamoto, Yasuhiro Hinokuma, Kiichi Hamamoto

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Abstract

1 × N active multimode-interferometer (MMI) laser diodes (LDs), with integrated phase-match region, are demonstrated as phase-locked array LDs. In general, the phase of output ports of MMI divider is not the same for all N ports. This phase-mismatch leads to enormous excess loss inside the 1× N active MMI-LD cavity, which results in very low quantum efficiency or even no lasing. Therefore, we integrate the phase-match region, which can lead to regular lasing, without any enormous excess loss. The implemented 1 × 3 active MMI-LDs showed lasing with no enormous degradation of quantum-efficiency. Additionally, significant output power increase of 200 mW was observed, compared to the regular single stripe LDs fabricated simultaneously, with the phase-locked condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-178
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 12 2009

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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