Analysis of evanescently-coupled pairs of spin-polarised vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Martin P Vaughan, Hadi Susanto, Ian Henning, Mike Adams

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A general model for the dynamics of arrays of coupled, spin-polarised lasers is derived, which is shown to reduce to both the spin flip model in a single cavity and the coupled mode model for a pair of guides in the appropriate limit. The general model is able to deal with waveguides of any geometry with any number of supported normal modes. A unique feature of the model is that it allows for independent polarisation of the pumping in each laser. The particular geometry is shown to be introduced via `overlap factors', which are a generalisation of the optical confinement factor. These factors play an important role in determining the laser dynamics. The model is specialised to the case of a general double-guided structure, which is then analysed and simulated numerically. For this case it is found that increasing the ellipticity of the pumping tends to enhance the regions where stable solutions are predicted in the plane of pumping strength versus guide separation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Publication statusSubmitted - 16 Dec 2019


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