WIAS Preprint No. 1526, (2010)

Rotational symmetry breaking in small-area circular vertical cavity surface emitting lasers


  • Babushkin, Ihar
  • Bandelow, Uwe
    ORCID: 0000-0003-3677-2347
  • Vladimirov, Andrei G.
    ORCID: 0000-0002-7540-8380

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 78A60 70K05 70K45

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 42.65.Sf, 42.55.Px, 42.60.Jf


  • Vertical cavity surface emitting laser, Laser dynamics, Carrier diffusion




We investigate theoretically the dynamics of three low-order transverse modes in a small-area vertical cavity surface emitting laser. We demonstrate the breaking of axial symmetry of the transverse field distribution in such a device. In particular, we show that if the linewidth enhancement factor is sufficiently large dynamical regimes with broken axial symmetry can exist up to very high diffusion coefficients  10 um^2/ns.

Appeared in

  • Opt. Commun., 284 (2011) pp. 1299--1302.

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