Longitudinal Dynamics in multisection Semiconductor Lasers
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This software is based on Traveling Wave (PDE) equations describing propagation of optical fields along longitudinal direction of the laser which are nonlinearly coupled with the ordinary differential equations for carrier densities and polarization functions.
LDSL-tool not only integrates the PDE model equations, but allows also to analyse the dynamics of longitudinal modes and to build reduced ODE models based on finite number of modes. After showing good qualitative and quantitative agreement between basic Traveling Wave and Mode Approximation models, the reduced models can be analyzed with well known tools for bifurcation analysis such as AUTO.
Such different possibilities together with some data post-processing routines make our software a powerful tool suited for simulation and analysis of different dynamical effects in semiconductor lasers.
Multisection semiconductor lasers seems to be key elements in optical communication systems. Depending on the structure and on the operational conditions such lasers can demonstrate a rich dynamics. Some of these dynamical regimes, such as, e.g., high frequency self pulsations can be applied for all optical signal regeneration. A deeper study of the underlying nonlinear processes and optimization of such lasers still is strongly required.
An example of a modeled laser: It is a 3 section DFB laser, made at the Fraunhofer Institut Nachrichtentechnik Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI), Berlin. Optical fields, polarizations and carrier densities are calculated with LDSL-tool.
Structure of the software tool
A deep understanding of nonlinear dynamics demonstrated by semiconductor lasers is very useful when designing lasers for specific purposes. Our software LDSL-tool is used to investigate and to design lasers which exhibit various nonlinear effects such as self pulsations, chaos, hysteresis, mode switching, excitability, and synchronisation to an external signal frequency (see, e.g. WIAS Preprints 516 , 597 , 712 , 713 , 809 , 849 , 866 , 1039 and WIAS Technical Report 2 . ).
This software solves models of different complexity, ranging from partial differential equation (PDE) to the reduced ordinary differential equation (ODE) systems. PDE models are based on the Traveling wave (TW) equations for counter-propagating optical fields, and ODE models are given by the mode approximation (MA) of TW model.
In certain cases our software allows to analyse the mode dynamics of PDE systems and to compare the solutions demonstrated by TW model and reduced MA models. After showing good qualitative and quantitative agreement between basic TW and low dimensional MA models, the obtained system of ODE's can be analyzed with well known tools for bifurcation analysis such as AUTO (work in progress).
A brief scheme of LDSL-tool. Blue, green and yellow colours indicate the hierarchy of models, the computational efforts, and the different processing and analysis of computed data. Blue arrows show relations which are available under some restrictions.
A variety of laser devices
Besides above mentioned multisection semiconductor lasers, our software allows considering a whole variety of coupled laser devices, including straight multisection- and ring- lasers. Namely, we represent the considered laser device as a set of differently joined components with negligible lateral and transversal dimensions, assume that the field dynamics within each part of such device is governed by a pair of mutually coupled 1 (time) + 1 (space)-dimensional traveling wave equations, and describe the relations between optical fields at the junctions of different sections of the device by the field transmission-reflection conditions given by the user defined complex-valued matrices. Sections, Junctions and Optical injections are the main building blocks of the laser devices considered by LDSL-tool (see WIAS-Preprints 1315, 2011).
Schematic representation of several examples of considered multisection lasers and coupled laser devices. (a): a multisection laser with non-vanishing internal field reflection between the second and third sections; (b): a laser with a passive external cavity; (c): a master-slave laser system separated by the air gap; (d): a ring laser with an attached outcoupling waveguide; (e): an optically injected laser.
Traveling wave model
To resolve the longitudinal distribution and dynamics of the carrier density n(z,t), the counter-propagating optical fields and polarization functions in each part of the multi-section semiconductor laser or coupled laser system we use the Traveling Wave (TW) model:
Once considering quantum-dot lasers, we introduce one or two additional rate equations to desribe carrier transitions between carrier reservoir, ground- and excited- states of the quantum dots, see WIAS preprints 1506, 1579, 1584.
Straightforward integration of these equations can immediately give us, e.g., field output at laser facets and variation of mean carrier densities in time, or field/carrier density distributions at some fixed time layer:
Left: Time traces of field output at laser facets (above) and mean carrier densities in two laser sections (below). Right: axial distribution of forward and backward propagating field power (above and carrier densities (below).
Field decomposition into longitudinal modes
In order to get deeper information about structure of optical fields, we are solving spectral problem of Traveling Wave model and find decomposition of optical field/polarization into modal components. Here we consider slowly varying carrier densities as parameter and solve spectral problem for each instant distribution of n(z,t):
Frequently, this field decomposition allow us to get much better understanding of the shape of non-stationary behaviour of lasers. This approach properly indicates the modes which govern the complicated behaviour of the laser and shows much more details than usual spectra of the optical field:
Left above and below: change of complex eigenvalues of spectral problem during one period of self pulsations. Left below: change of modal amplitudes and corresponding modal wavelengths during one period of self pulsations. Black dots indicate optical spectra obtained by FFT of outgoing optical field. Right above: Pulsating power of optical field outgoing from laser. Right below: Dynamic of modal amplitudes obtained by field decomposition.
Reduced models based on mode approximations
After restricting mode expansion to q leading modes and substituting it to field/polarization equations in our TW model, one can arrive to q ordinary differential equations describing evolution of complex amplitudes of optical modes:
Two Mode (red) and Single Mode (blue) Approximation models recover self pulsations, computed with the TW model (black).
For more details on such reduced Mode Approximation model see, e.g., WIAS Preprint 713 .
Bifurcation analysis of reduced models
After showing good qualitative and quantitative agreement between basic Traveling Wave and Mode Approximation models, the reduced models can be analyzed with well known tools for bifurcation analysis such as AUTO:
Switching on and switching off the self pulsations by tuning parameter (current injection) in different directions. Above: experimental data. Below: theoretical simulations and analysis. Green and violet dashed lines correspond to decrease and increase of bifurcation parameter, respectively. These lines represent stable solution (peak of power frequency in experiments or maximal power in simulations of TW model) after some transient time. Thick lines in the lower figure represent stable (red) and unstable (blue) solutions of two mode approximation system. Here computations were made with path following tool AUTO , which have allowed to identify different bifurcations indicated by solid symbols.
Two parameter bifurcation diagrams
One can also perform a two-parameter bifurcation analysis of the mode approximation systems. In this case, the bifurcations are represented as some curves in two-parameter domain. These curves define stability borders of different attractors existing in the considered system.
Areas of pulsations in two parameter plane. Left: measurements (above) and simulations (below), characterizing type of dynamical state at fixed parameters from the transients. Only attracting states can be detected! Right: Two-parameter bifurcation diagrams of four-mode approximation system. Global view of the pulsating areas shown on the left side (above) and more detailed insight in the middle area with indication of codimension-two bifurcation points (below). Coloured lines show different transitions (bifurcations) between qualitatively different dynamical states. They were computed using pathfollowing of bifurcations in two parameter domain.
Tracing stationary states of TW model
Under similar assumptions which are needed to derive Mode Approximation systems we can also trace stationary states of "full" TW model by changing some parameters and analyze their stability. For representation of such results for three section laser with one active section we use similar diagrams as are used for analysis of "external cavity modes located along ellipses" in Lang-Kobayashi model of lasers with external feedback:
Red lines ("ellipses" of external cavity modes in LK model) represent traces of stationary states when changing phase parameter. Different lines correspond to different level of internal losses of optical field. Light blue lines show traces of stationary states when keeping phase parameter fixed and tuning value of internal loss. Intersection of red and light blue lines give positions of stationary states (external cavity modes) at fixed parameter values. Dark blue line show location of saddle-node bifurcation of stationary states. All stationary states located "inside" dark blue lines are unstable of saddle type (antimodes of LK model). Stationary states lying "outside" these dark blue lines are either stable states, or they have even number of unstable directions (modes of LK model). Violet lines represent pairs of stationary states (mode and antimode) which have the same threshold carrier density and can generate stable quasiperiodic solution of beating type (first theoretically found by Tager and Petermann in LK models). Right figure is enlarged part of the left one.
Besides already mentioned analysis, LDSL-tool can be also applied for automatic loop computations tuning selected laser parameters and recording some most specific characteristics of dynamical behaviour of model equations. In a such manner we can locate regions of different stable dynamical laser behaviour in parameter space.
Areas of self pulsations in parameter plane
By automatic scanning of parameters LDSL-tool looks for high frequency self pulsations with good extinction. In the following figure three section DFB laser is considered. Phase and detuning parameters represent field phase shift due to current injection into the passive middle section and detuning between Bragg wavelengths of two DFB sections, respectively.
Regions of robust SP and their frequencies in a 3 section laser with one active DFB section. Violet/white regions: stationary lasing at the long/short-wavelength stop band side.
Frequency potential of multisection lasers
Scanning of the same parameters as before in three section DFB laser with two active equally pumped DFB sections. The figure below shows areas of parameter plane where high frequency self pulsations with good and bad extinction ratio can be observed.
Modeled frequencies and extinction ratio of mode beating self pulsations in 3 section DFB laser with two active DFB sections depending on the phase parameter and on the detuning between Brag grating wavelengths.
More details in WIAS Preprint 809 .
Sampling of pulses and jitter
In order to characterize quality of "noisy" self pulsations demonstrated by lasers we sample the pulsating output field with its mean frequency. Different projections of the sampled output give useful characteristics of laser.
Sampling of the pulsating signal. Left: signal is cut into the pieces with mean period of pulsations, different pulses are located one after another. Blue points show positions where these pulses are crossing some mean power plane. Middle: eye diagram, or projection of the first diagram onto the front plane. Right: pulse drift diagram, or projection of the blue points of first diagram onto the bottom plane. Middle and right diagrams show also algorithms to estimate ''absolute'' and ''normal'' jitter, respectively.
Locking of pulsating laser to external modulated signal
LDSL-tool can also be used to analyse the synchronisation of SP to external optical or electrical signals. In this case we sample our output signal with the period of external modulated signal. In the case of synchronisation, an open eye is seen in the eye diagram and pulse is drifting along horizontal line in pulse drift diagram. Otherwise, eye is closed and pulse drifts out from the fixed position.
Locking of self pulsations to electrical modulation at 33 GHz repetition frequency. Left: eye diagrams showing unlocked, almost locked and locked self pulsations. Right: diagram showing drift of relative phases of already indicated solutions.
Filtering of output at certain wavelength
When we model optical injection or when the laser operates simultaneously at few distant modes, the high frequency beating can be seen at the temporal trace of output signal. In order to distinguish the contribution of one or another wavelength in the total signal one can apply filters, which in frequency or wavelength domains are described by Lorentzian function, and in time domain can be given as a solution of an ordinary differential equation.
Filtering of the optical field outgoing from self-pulsating laser with applied modulated optical input. Left above: sketch of such injected laser. Left below: optical spectra of nonfiltered output (red), filtered output with filter peak at 0 nm (violet) and filtered output at 4 nm (green) relative wavelength. Right above: output field power (red) and power of optical injection (green) at left facet of laser. Right below: power of filtered output field when the filter was centered at 0 nm (violet) and 4 nm (green) relative wavelength.
Excitability of lasers
Excitability of DFB lasers with integrated passive delay section realized by injection of short optical pulses. In this case theoretical study of model equations have allowed to predict and realize excitability in experiments.
Theoretical (left) and experimental (right) demonstration of excitability of lasers due to injection of short optical impulse. Upper lines show large response of laser when impulse strength exceed some certain threshold. Lower lines show subthreshold response of laser. Inserts indicate nonlinear response of laser.
More details in WIAS Preprint 712 .
Small signal modulation response
To perform a small signal analysis of the laser operating at cw state we apply small amplitude periodic current modulation at fixed different frequencies and after some long transient estimate amplitude of the resulting output. Alternatively, the same result can be achieved much faster by finding Fourier transform of the transient output power after delta-function like perturbation of current injection.
Small signal modulation response functions of solitary DFB laser (left) and at two differen operational conditions in DFB laser with integrated passive external cavity section (right). Left panel compares two different methods for estimation of modulation responce. Right panel shows the presence of the intercavity resonance at 35-40 GHz frequency.
Direct modulated lasers
Direct modulated semiconductor lasers are of great interest in laser applications for optical data transmission systems. We demonstrate here the required performance of the DFB laser with integrated external cavity at a current modulation with 40 Gb/s PRBS. This modulation rate ~4 times exceeds the usual relaxation oscillation frequency of the considered laser with vanishing feedback.
Simulated laser response to 40 Gb/s NRZ PRBS current modulation. Left: laser responce when parameters are fixed. (a): injected current (red) and output poewer (blue); (b): open eye diagram; (c): histogram of points within dashed box of panel b. Right: suitable operation areas in parameter plane. Top: Photon-Photon resonance of unmodulated laser. (a): frequency of PP rsesonance. White: nonstationary regimes. (b): relative Carrier-Photon resonance suppression. White: CP dominates. Bottom: Quality of laser response to current modulation (40 Gb/s PRBS). (c): extinction. (d): eye height.
Analysis of the Traveling Wave
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Theory versus experiments
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