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Superluminescent diodes are fabricated with a bent waveguide to prevent optical feedback. The bent ridge waveguide is formed with one end normal to the cleaved facet and the other angled at 7/spl deg/ from the facet normal. The spectral ripple of these devices is around 10% at 6 mW output power. The farfield pattern emitted from the angled facet is crescent-shaped. As the device is set up in an external-cavity configuration, lasing operation is observed regardless of the additional 10.8 dB bending loss introduced by the bent waveguide.