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Linewidth rebroadening due to nonlinear gain and index induced by carrier heating in strained quantum-well lasers

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3 Author(s)
Girardin, F. ; Dept. Commun., Ecole Nat. Superieure des Telecommun., Paris, France ; Guang-Hua Duan ; Gallion, P.

The carrier heating has been recently recognized as one of the main origins of nonlinear gain, in particular in strained quantum-well lasers. The asymmetry of this effect introduces a nonlinear refractive index. The joint effects of nonlinear gain and nonlinear refractive index that are both due to carrier heating together with the spatial-hole-burning give rise to an increase in the carrier density and in the linewidth enhancement factor. These effects can explain the linewidth rebroadening at high power in phase-shifted single-mode DFB lasers.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 3 )