TITLE

Homogeneous gain saturation in 1.5 μm InGaAsP traveling-wave semiconductor laser amplifiers

AUTHOR(S)
Mukai, Takaaki; Inoue, Kyo; Saitoh, Tadashi
PUB. DATE
August 1987
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;8/10/1987, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p381
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Spectral line broadening in semiconductor lasers is studied experimentally through the gain saturation characteristics of 1.5 μm InGaAsP traveling-wave laser amplifiers. Wide signal gain spectrum under the injection of an intense saturating signal is measured using a weak probe signal. The saturated signal gain spectrum is found to coincide exactly with the unsaturated spectrum under a less biased condition, thus verifying that the semiconductor laser gain saturates homogeneously over the entire gain spectrum. Cross-saturation characteristics between the two signal channels having identical input powers are also investigated and found to be in good agreement with theoretical calculations based on the homogeneous gain model. The degree of gain saturation is confirmed to be uniquely determined by the total output power from both channels.
ACCESSION #
9823767

 

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