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Spectral bistability in coupled cavity semiconductor lasers

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5 Author(s)
Olsson, N.A. ; Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey 07974 ; Tsang, W.T. ; Logan, R.A. ; Kaminow, I.P.
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Bistability in the spectral output of a two‐section cleaved‐coupled‐cavity (C3) semiconductor laser is observed. A wide (10 mA) and temperature insensitive hysteresis loop is obtained at laser currents up to at least 3×Ith and the laser can be switched with subnanosecond electrical pulses between its two spectraly pure states. The switching is characterized by a power‐delay product of 4×10-12 J and a switching time of less than 1 ns.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 4 )