Rate-equation description of multi-mode semiconductor lasers

M. Yousefi, D. Lenstra

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A set of rate equations is derived describing the deterministic multi-mode dynamics of a semiconductor laser. Mutual interactions among the lasing modes, induced by high-frequency modulations of the carrier distribution, are described by carrier-inversion moments and lead to special spectral content of each spatial mode. The diffusion of carriers is shown to play an important role in determining the spectral properties of the field. The Bogatov effect of asymmetric gain suppression in semiconductor lasers will be derived. We will explicitly discuss the nontrivial relationship between the modes of the nonlinear cavity and the optical spectrum of the laser output and illustrate this for a two and three-mode laser. © (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXII
EditorsB. Witzigmann, M. Osinski, F. Henneberger, Y. Arakawa
Place of PublicationBellingham
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXII - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 3 Feb 20146 Feb 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferencePhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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