WIAS Preprint No. 1993, (2014)

Pulse repetition-frequency multiplication in a passively mode-locked semiconductor laser coupled to an external passive cavity


  • Arkhipov, Rostislav M.
  • Amann, Andreas
  • Vladimirov, Andrei G.
    ORCID: 0000-0002-7540-8380

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 78A60 78M35 78-05.

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 42.60.Fc 42.55.Px 42.65.Sf 85.30.De


  • mode-Locked lasers, mode selsction, delay differential equations model




Using a delay differential equation model with two time delays, we investigate the dynamics of a semiconductor laser with an active cavity coupled to an external passive cavity. Our numerical simulations indicate that when the coupling between the two cavities is strong enough and the round-trip time of the active cavity is an integer multiple of the round-trip time of the external passive cavity, a harmonic mode-locking regime can develop in the laser with the pulse repetition period close to the passive cavity round trip time. We also demonstrate that the output field intensity sensitively depends on the relative phase between the electric fields in the two cavities giving rise to a resonant behavior. The period and width of the resonances depend on the ratio of the round-trip times and the coupling between the two cavities. We show that the coupled cavity system under consideration can demonstrate a bistability between different regimes of generation.

Appeared in

  • Appl. Phys. B, 118 (2015) pp. 539--548.

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