Transverse-mode-selectable microlens vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

Il-Sug Chung, Pierluigi Debernardi, Yong Tak Lee, Jesper Mørk

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Abstract

A new vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser structure employing a thin microlens is suggested and numerically investigated. The laser can be made to emit in either a high-power Gaussian-shaped single-fundamental mode or a high-power doughnut-shaped higher-order mode. The physical origin of the mode selection properties of the new structure is rigorously analyzed and compared to other structures reported in the literature. The possibility of engineering the emission shape while retaining strong single mode operation is highly desirable for low-cost mid-range optical interconnects applications as well as the compact optical trapping of highrefractive-index dielectric particles and low-refractive-index, absorbing, or metallic particles.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Express
Volume18
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)4138-4147
ISSN1094-4087
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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This paper was published in Optics Express and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-5-4138. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.

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