Mode-locked quantum-dot lasers

E. U. Rafailov, M. A. Cataluna, W. Sibbett

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Abstract

Semiconductor lasers are convenient and compact sources of light, offering highly efficient operation, direct electrical control and integration opportunities. In this review we describe how semiconductor quantum-dot structures can provide an efficient means of amplifying and generating ultrafast (of the order of 100 fs), high-power and low-noise optical pulses, with the potential to boost the repetition rate of the pulses to beyond 1 THz. Such device designs are opening up new possibilities in ultrafast science and technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-401
Number of pages7
JournalNature Photonics
Volume1
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

Keywords

  • SOLID-STATE LASERS
  • SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL AMPLIFIER
  • ULTRAFAST CARRIER DYNAMICS
  • PULSE GENERATION
  • SATURABLE ABSORBER
  • FEMTOSECOND PULSES
  • DOPED GLASSES
  • ACTIVE-REGION
  • OUTPUT POWER
  • 1300 NM

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