Bistabilities of birefringent vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers with antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide

Wei Li Zhang, Siu Fung Yu

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Bistable characteristics of birefringent antiresonant reflecting-optical- waveguide (ARROW) vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers (VCSOA) under external optical injection with multi-mode profile and arbitrary polarization orientation are investigated theoretically. It is found that the presence of ARROW can realize stable single-mode bistable switching in VCSOAs. Furthermore, with suitable design of the bias current profile, it can be shown that ARROW VCSOAs with a large core diameter (i.e., ≥ 50 μ) can sustain stable single-mode bistable switching.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5346605
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide
  • Birefringence
  • Optical bistability
  • Optical switching
  • Vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifier (VCSOA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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