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Bohn, MJ,McInerney, JG;
1997
December
Journal of The Optical Society of America B-Optical Physics
Bistable output of an optically pumped vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser
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PERIODIC GAIN BISTABILITY OPERATION ABSORPTION
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We report optically bistable output of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). The GaAs-AlGaAs VCSEL was optically pumped with a cw Ti:sapphire laser that was tuned near a cavity resonance of the VCSEL. Using a simple Fabry-Perot model, we demonstrate that the bistability is primarily dispersive and not absorptive. Although the threshold power is high because of poor sample quality, the contrast is very large; in fact, it approaches infinity. (C) 1997 Optical Society of America [S0740-3224(97)00109-4].
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