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High speed quantum-well lasers and carrier transport effects

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5 Author(s)
Nagarajan, R. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., California Univ., Santa Barbara, CA, USA ; Ishikawa, Masayuki ; Fukushima, Toru ; Geels, Randall S.
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Carrier transport can significantly affect the high-speed properties of quantum-well lasers. The authors have developed a model and derived analytical expressions for the modulation response, resonance frequency, damping rate, and K factor to include these effects. They show theoretically and experimentally that carrier transport can lead to significant low-frequency parasitic-like rolloff that reduces the modulation response by as much as a factor of six in quantum-well lasers. They also show that, in addition, it leads to a reduction in the effective differential gain and thus the resonance frequency, while the nonlinear gain compression factor remains largely unaffected by it. The authors present the temperature dependence data for the K factor as further evidence for the effects of carrier transport

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 10 )