2 May 2014 Emission regimes in a distributed feedback tapered master-oscillator power-amplifier at 1.5 μm
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Integrated master-oscillator power amplifiers driven under steady-state injection conditions are known to show a complex dynamics resulting in a variety of emission regimes. We present experimental results on the emission characteristics of a 1.5 μm distributed feedback tapered master-oscillator power-amplifier in a wide range of steady-state injection conditions, showing different dynamic behaviors. The study combines the optical and radio-frequency spectra recorded under different levels of injected current into the master oscillator and the power amplifier sections. Under low injection current of the master oscillator the correlation between the optical and radio-frequency spectral maps allows to identify operation regimes in which the device emission arises from either the master oscillator mode or from the compound cavity modes allowed by the residual reflectance of the amplifier front facet. The quasi-periodic occurrence of these emission regimes as a function of the amplifier current is interpreted in terms of a thermally tuned competition between the modes of the master oscillator and the compound cavity modes. Under high injection current of the master oscillator, two different regimes alternate quasi-periodically as a function of the injected current in the power amplifier: a stable regime with a single mode emission at the master oscillator frequency, and an unstable and complex self-pulsating regime showing strong peaks in the radio-frequency spectra as well as multiple frequencies in the optical spectra.
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M. Vilera, J. M. G. Tijero, A. Consoli, S. Aguilera, P. Adamiec, Ignacio Esquivias, "Emission regimes in a distributed feedback tapered master-oscillator power-amplifier at 1.5 μm", Proc. SPIE 9134, Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics VI, 91340N (2 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2052350; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2052350
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