Accession Number : ADA297536

Title :   Nonlinear Optics and Dynamics in Semiconductor Lasers.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 91-Jul 92,

Corporate Author : JAYCOR SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Simpson, T. B. ; Liu, J. M.

PDF Url : ADA297536

Report Date : SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 82

Abstract : Semiconductor laser output characteristics, including output spectra and dynamics, are strongly influenced by nonlinear optical interactions. Theory and experiments are combined to show that a single mode mode of laser dynamics gives a consistent and quantitatively accurate description of the noise and optical interaction characteristics of a quantum well laser diode. The nonlinear optical interaction between the oscillating field of a semiconductor laser and a weak optical probe can be used to determine key dynamical characteristics of the laser. With these characteristics known, the noise spectra of a free running semiconductor laser can be quantitatively modeled. When a stronger optical probe is injected into the laser diode, we observe nonlinear dynamics, including deterministic chaos, which can be understood with the single mode model. The model and experimental techniques used here are applicable to a wide variety of semiconductor lasers.

Descriptors :   *SEMICONDUCTOR LASERS, *NONLINEAR OPTICS, OUTPUT, PROBES, QUANTUM THEORY, CHAOS, SEMICONDUCTOR DIODES, LASERS, FOUR WAVE MIXING, SPECTRA, NOISE, OSCILLATION, LOW STRENGTH.

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE