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Grating-Coupled Surface-Emitters --- Highly Directional Outcouplers and Spatially Coherent Lasers

Niklas Eriksson (Institutionen för optoelektronik och elmätteknik)
Göteborg : Chalmers University of Technology, 1997. ISBN: 91-7197-545-4.

This thesis deals with grating-coupled surface-emitting semiconductor lasers. The work is part of a larger effort that aims at developing semiconductor lasers with built-in beam-forming elements, which eliminate the need for external micro-optics. Such integrated light emitters have potential use in present and future applications because of increased functionality and simplified packaging. A grating-coupled surface-emitter consists of an integrated in-plane laser, that produces a spatially coherent guided wave, and a grating outcoupler, that diffracts the light out of the waveguide and shapes the emitted beam. The thesis covers two main aspects of such emitters: highly efficient outcouplers and spatially coherent broad-area lasers.

We have theoretically and experimentally investigated two different methods to achieve high directionality in grating-outcouplers: blazed gratings and substrate reflectors. Outcoupling efficiencies of 84 and 94% have been measured for these two methods, respectively. This has produced overall laser efficiencies comparable to those of edge-emitters.

An unstable-resonator laser design, aimed at producing a spatially coherent broad-area output, has been numerically modeled and experimentally investigated. The laser produces a 160-.my.m-wide coherent output with a nearly plane wavefront. Focusing and spot-array generating outcouplers have also been integrated with the laser.

Denna post skapades 2006-09-19. Senast ändrad 2013-09-25.
CPL Pubid: 982


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för optoelektronik och elmätteknik (1987-1997)


Elektroteknik och elektronik

Chalmers infrastruktur

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