Composite-cavity-mode approach to single-mode semiconductor-laser feedback instabilities

M. H. Rose, M. Lindberg, W. W. Chow, S. W. Koch, M. Sargent

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A semiconductor laser in an external high-quality cavity is analyzed using a composite-resonator-eigenmode description of two coupled resonators. Laser threshold and lasing frequency are studied for various cavity lengths and coupling-mirror transmissions controlling the amount of light feedback into the laser. The results are valid for all values of coupling. Pronounced mode hopping is predicted, which leads to dramatic laser-frequency shifts for small variations of the external cavity length.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-611
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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