14 July 2000 Modeling of the performance of high-brightness tapered lasers
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Proceedings Volume 3944, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VIII; (2000) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.391444
Event: Symposium on Integrated Optoelectronics, 2000, San Jose, CA, United States
A comprehensive model has been developed to study the operating characteristics of high-power high-brightness lasers consisting of a ridge-waveguide section coupled to a tapered region. The model, based on the Beam Propagation Method (BPM), includes a non-linear gain coefficient, current spreading due to junction voltage, and thermal effects taking into account for the first time to our knowledge a longitudinal gradient in the device temperature. We first demonstrate that during operation unwanted radiation that does not couple into the lateral mode of the waveguide, systematically propagates into the tapered region, and leads to the deterioration of the beam quality. To deflect and scatter this radiation, the use of specific cavity-spoiling elements, consisting of grooves etched down through the active region, appears necessary. We also study the role of the ridge section length in the operation of the device. A long ridge-waveguide region, providing both a well defined fundamental mode in the ridge- waveguide, and a gain saturation in the tapered region, improves the beam stability, but can lead, on the other hand, to optical self-focusing. Thermal effects are also investigated. We show how thermal lensing induces a lateral quadratic phase curvature and therefore alters the astigmatism of the device.
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Stephane Mariojouls, Stephane Mariojouls, Stefan Morgott, Stefan Morgott, Alexis Schmitt, Alexis Schmitt, Michael Mikulla, Michael Mikulla, Juergen Braunstein, Juergen Braunstein, Guenter Weimann, Guenter Weimann, Francoise Lozes, Francoise Lozes, Sophie Bonnefont, Sophie Bonnefont, } "Modeling of the performance of high-brightness tapered lasers", Proc. SPIE 3944, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VIII, (14 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391444; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.391444

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