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Modal analysis of semiconductor lasers with nonplanar mirrors

Lang, Robert J. and Salzman, Joseph and Yariv, Amnon (1986) Modal analysis of semiconductor lasers with nonplanar mirrors. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 22 (3). pp. 463-470. ISSN 0018-9197.

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We present a formalism for analyzing laser resonators which possess nonplanar mirrors and lateral waveguiding [e.g., an unstable resonator semiconductor laser (URSL)]. The electric field is expanded in lateral modes of the complex-index waveguide and is required to reproduce itself after, one roundtrip of the cavity. We show how the waveguide modes, their gain and loss, and hence the criterion for truncation of the infinite set of modes can be derived from the Green's function of the one-dimensional eigenvalue equation for the waveguide. Examples are presented for three cases of interest - a purely gain-guided URSL, an index-guided URSL, and a gain-guided tilted-mirror resonator. We compare theoretical calculations to previous experiments.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 1986 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Manuscript received July 30, 1985; revised October 7, 1985. This work was supported by grants from Rockwell International, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of Naval Research. The work of R. Lang and J. Salzman was supported by the National Science Foundation and a Bantrell Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
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