Transverse mode-locking in microcavity lasers

Gordon, R.; Heberle, A. P.; Cleaver, J. R. A.
December 2002
Applied Physics Letters;12/9/2002, Vol. 81 Issue 24, p4523
Academic Journal
We experimentally demonstrate mode-locking between the transverse modes of a laser. A vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser with evenly-spaced transverse modes is shown to emit a train of 2.1±0.1 ps pulses with an 11 ps repetition rate and a timing jitter of 235±30 fs. Transverse mode-locking in microcavity lasers has potential to improve the compactness, stability, integrability, repetition rate tunability, and efficiency of ultrafast optical communication sources.


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