Optimization on the design of an ultra-high-power multisection tunable laser gain epilayers

Yaping Zhang, Trevor M. Benson, Christos Christopoulos

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Great efforts and vast investments have been put into the research and development of widely tunable lasers in the last 25 years. Tunable lasers have become critical components in the implementation of next generation telecommunication networks and systems, to provide dynamic wavelength provision for channel restoration, reconfiguration and protection. Some stringent requirements have been imposed on tunable lasers by telecommunication applications. Consequently, ultra-high optical output power (≥100 mW), wide tunability (tuning range ∼ 40nm), narrow linewidth (< 2MHz), and side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR > 40dB) have become the main objectives for the development of the future telecommunication tunable lasers. Facet output power is the fundamental decisive factor among these targets. Original design ideas and novel approaches to the design of ultra-high power InGaAsP/InP based multisection widely-tunable laser gain section have been reported by the authors previously, mainly including: firstly, a bulk balance layer structure is placed above the InP buffer layer and below the MQWs stack, which enables a large reduction of free-carrier absorption loss by greatly shifting the optical field distribution to the intrinsic and n-doped sides. Secondly, an InP spacer layer is placed below the ridge and above the multiple quantum wells (MQWs) stack, so as to introduce extra freedom in the control of widening the single mode ridge width. This paper will focus on the optimization on the implementation of the above design ideas and approaches, regarding single mode ridge width, optical confinement in the MQWs, optical overlap with thep-doped epilayers, output power, threshold current, and slope efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XV
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XV - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 22 Jan 200725 Jan 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferencePhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Free-carrier absorption loss
  • Multi section tunable laser
  • Slope efficiency
  • Threshold current
  • Ultra high power epitaxial design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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