Results are given for bistable effects in closely coupled twin stripe lasers. These devices use controlled adjustment of asymmetric transverse optical gain to obtain bistability. Various bistable effects have been observed. Initially the authors reported a large light/current hysteresis loop obtained as the drive current to the laser was raised and lowered. Information concerning the bistable mechanisms was then obtained by applying small current pulses into each stripe. It was thus found that bistability was involved with the switching from one stable laser waveguiding mechanism to another. More recently the experimental measurement system has been much improved. Through the use of computer control of motorised micromovements and computer controlled data management, time resolved near and far field, and charge carrier concentration distribution measurements have been more accurately carried out. The paper will outline briefly this system, and report on how it has helped to reveal new mechanisms of bistability in twin stripe lasers.
|IEE Colloquium (Digest)
|Published - 1 Dec 1983
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- Electrical and Electronic Engineering