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26 April 2019 Analysis of surface-emitting thin-film superluminescent diodes with high efficiency
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In this paper, a novel surface-emitting superluminescent diode fabricated by applying full on-wafer processing is presented. The surface-emission is achieved via mirrors etched by using an inductively coupled plasma process. This geometry allows to deflect in-plane guided and amplified optical modes perpendicular to the chip surface. The out-coupling window is anti-reflection coated, while at the other end of the waveguide a high-reflecting coating was deposited. In this way the device uses double-pass amplification, increasing efficiency, and light is emitted from a single spot. The light propagation and out-coupling in the proposed concept are first theoretically analyzed. Moreover, in order to simulate the optical output power, a rate equation-based frequency-resolved model accounting for non-ideal facet reflectivities and lasing onset is introduced. Finally, the measured L-I and spectral characteristics of fabricated InGaAs/GaAs superluminescent diodes emitting at a peak wavelength of 960nm are presented and compared to simulation results. At room temperature, pulsed output powers up to ∼ 125mW with a FWHM of 14nm and a wall-plug efficiency higher than 10% were achieved.
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Bruno Jentzsch, Alvaro Gomez-Iglesias, Alexander Tonkikh, and Bernd Witzigmann "Analysis of surface-emitting thin-film superluminescent diodes with high efficiency", Proc. SPIE 11031, Integrated Optics: Design, Devices, Systems, and Applications V, 1103105 (26 April 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2519731
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