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Bistability and optical switching in a polarization-bistable laser diode

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2 Author(s)
Okada, M. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Ritsumeikan Univ., Kyoto, Japan ; Nishio, K.

Dependences of the polarization-bistable condition on the coefficients of linear and nonlinear gains of a laser diode are analyzed, including S-shaped and pitchfork types of bistability, in the optical output versus injection current characteristics. Moreover, the steady-state and dynamic characteristics of the optical output for optical input are investigated, taking account of a detuning of incident optical beam from the cavity resonant frequency of a polarization-bistable laser diode, TE-TM polarization switching is shown to be attained in the optical output of the polarization-bistable laser diode in a very fast switching time less than a nanosecond by the application of TE and TM optical input pulses

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 10 )