Spectral Output of Homogeneously Broadened Semiconductor Lasers Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Gain, spontaneous emission, and reflectance play important roles in setting the spectral output of homogeneously broadened lasers, such as semiconductor diode lasers. This paper provides a restricted-in-scope review of the steady-state spectral properties of semiconductor diode lasers. Analytic but transcendental solutions for a simplified set of equations for propagation of modes through a homogeneously broadened gain section are used to create a Fabry–Pérot model of a diode laser. This homogeneously broadened Fabry–Pérot model is used to explain the spectral output of diode lasers without the need for guiding-enhanced capture of spontaneous emission, population beating, or non-linear interactions. It is shown that the amount of spontaneous emission and resonant enhancement of the reflectance-gain (RG) product as embodied in the presented model explains the observed spectral output. The resonant enhancement is caused by intentional and unintentional internal scattering and external feedback.

publication date

  • August 1, 2021