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Dynamic spatiotemporal speed control of ultrashort pulses in quantum-dot SOAs

Gehrig, E, van der Poel, M, Mork, J, Hvam, JM and Hess, O (2006) Dynamic spatiotemporal speed control of ultrashort pulses in quantum-dot SOAs IEEE JOURNAL OF QUANTUM ELECTRONICS, 42 (9-10). 1047 - 1054. ISSN 0018-9197


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We present theoretical and experimental results on the propagation of ultrashort pulses in quantum-dot (QD) laser amplifiers. The propagation time of the light pulses is controlled by the pulse itself (self-induced speed control) or by injection of a second pump pulse (external speed control). Our simulations on the basis of spatially and temporally resolved QD Maxwell-Bloch equations reveal that the excitation and relaxation dynamics induced by the propagating pulse or a pump pulse within the active charge carrier system leads to a complex gain and index dynamics that may either speed up or slow down the propagating light pulse. The physical effects allowing for the dynamic speed control could be ascribed to complex (coherent and incoherent) level dynamics leading to dynamic gain saturation and index dispersion. The dependence of the propagation time on injection current density and pulse energy is discussed. The numerical results of pulse reshaping and propagation times in the gain and absorptions regime are compared to experimental results.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic, Optics, Physics, Applied, Engineering, Physics, quantum dots (QDs), semiconductor optical amplifiers, ultrafast optics, OPTICAL AMPLIFIERS, LASERS, KINETICS, GAIN, LIGHT
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Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:05
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:25

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