WIAS Preprint No. 849, (2003)

High-frequency pulsations in DFB-lasers with amplified feedback


  • Brox, Olaf
  • Bauer, Stefan
  • Radziunas, Mindaugas
    ORCID: 0000-0003-0306-1266
  • Wolfrum, Matthias
    ORCID: 0000-0002-4278-2675
  • Sieber, Jan
  • Kreissl, Jochen
  • Sartorius, Bernd
  • Wünsche, Hans-Jürgen

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 42.65.Sf


  • semiconductor laser, optical feedback, pulsations




We describe the basic ideas behind the concept of DFB-lasers with short optical feedback for the generation of high-frequency self-pulsations (SPs) and show the theoretical background describing realized devices. It is predicted by theory that the SP frequency increases with increasing feedback strength. To provide evidence for this we propose a novel device design which employs an amplifier section in the integrated feedback cavity of a DFB-laser. We present results from numerical simulations and experiments. It has been shown experimentally that a continuous tuning of the SP frequency from 12 to 45GHz can be adjusted via the control of the feedback strength. The numerical simulations which are in good accordance with experimental investigations give an explanation for a self stabilizing effect of the SPs due to the additional carrier dynamic in the integrated feedback cavity.

Appeared in

  • IEEE J. Select Topics Quantum Electron., 39 (2003), pp. 1381-1387

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