Dynamics of SHB-lnduced mode instabilities in uniform DFB semiconductor lasers

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Time-domain simulations show strong 1 GHz pulsations and mode hopping of a uniform-DFB semiconductor laser operated at high output powers. These pulsations are due to asymmetric longitudinal spatial hole burning (SHB) of the carrier density by a high-frequency mode, leading to a pulse in a low-frequency mode. The pulse relaxes the carrier density to a symmetrical profile, which prefers the original mode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1852-1854
Number of pages3
JournalElectronics Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Distributed feedback lasers
  • Semiconductor laser theory

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