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Performance comparison of gain-coupled and index-coupled DFB semiconductor lasers

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2 Author(s)
Lowery, A.J. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Melbourne Univ., Vic., Australia ; Novak, D.

Comprehensive numerical simulations with the transmission-line laser model (TLLM) are used to compare the behavior of gain-coupled DFB lasers with index-coupled DFB lasers fabricated from identical materials. These simulations compare slope efficiency, threshold current, spectra, small-signal modulation bandwidth, maximum-intrinsic modulation bandwidth, large-signal transient response and chirp, relative-intensity-noise (RIN) spectra, and feedback sensitivity for coherence collapse. In most cases gain-coupled lasers with additional index coupling have better performance than index-coupled lasers for a given material. However, high-coupling factor index-coupled lasers do have lower threshold currents, lower RIN levels, and lower sensitivity to external feedback than gain-coupled lasers, although spatial hole burning in these devices can be disadvantageous

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 9 )