Design and analysis of large-area vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers with anti-resonant reflecting optical waveguide

N. S. Chen, Siu Fung Yu

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The optical characteristics of antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW) vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers (VCSOAs) are investigated theoretically. Influence of spatial hole burning (SHB) and thermal lensing on the stability of the amplified output signal is taken into consideration in the studies. A design rule, which can be used to deduce the optimized dimensions of ARROW, is developed to achieve spatially stable single-spot amplified output-signal in large-area VCSOAs. It can be shown that a high saturation power yet stable output signal can be achieved in large-area ARROW VCSOAs simultaneously.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-535
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW)
  • Laser amplifiers
  • Semiconductor laser modeling, spatial hole burning (SHB)
  • Thermal lensing
  • Vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifier (VCSOA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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