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Optimization of tapered semiconductor optical amplifiers for picosecond pulse amplification

Gehrig, E and Hess, O (2005) Optimization of tapered semiconductor optical amplifiers for picosecond pulse amplification APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 87 (25). ? - ?. ISSN 0003-6951

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Abstract

We present results of a fundamental device simulation study aimed at an optimization of high-power tapered semiconductor optical amplifiers for picosecond pulse amplification. Thereby, the microscopic light-matter coupling is described on the basis of a spatially resolved Maxwell-Bloch-Langevin description that takes into account many-body-carrier interactions, energy transfer between the carrier and phonon systems and, in particular, the spatiotemporal interplay of stimulated and amplified spontaneous emission and the noise caused by spontaneous emission. Extensive simulation runs reveal the microscopic physical processes which are responsible for the beam quality of the amplified picosecond pulses and allow us to give concrete suggestions for the optimization of the amplifier structure and geometry. We discuss the influence of a curved waveguide or spatially patterned current contact, and identify the length of the unpumped area as the most critical parameter to be carefully optimized.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Physics, Applied, Physics, HIGH-POWER
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Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:08
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/372

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