Brightness Enhancement in Non-Hermitian VCSELs

Waqas Waseem Ahmed, Ramon Herrero, Muriel Botey, Ying Wu, Kestutis Staliunas

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Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting lasers (VCSELs) are compact and efficient light sources useful for a variety of applications. However, due to lack of a transverse mode control mechanism, such lasers suffer from poor spatial beam quality, intrinsic spatiotemporal instabilities and nonlinear destabilizing effects such as filamentation and spatial hole burning [1]. Therefore, there is a need for new strategies to manipulate the light wave dynamics to enhance the stability of VCSELs. Recently, non-Hermitian media have become a flexible platform for new functionalities such as asymmetric coupling, unidirectional invisibility, single mode lasing [2–3]. In this presentation, we propose a novel stabilization mechanism for VCSLEs to obtain bright and narrow beams. The mechanism relies on non-Hermitian configuration of the laser potential, achieved by simultaneous spatial modulation of the refractive index and gain-loss profiles. In particular, we consider axisymmetric non-Hermitian potentials expressed as: n(r)=nR cos(qr)-inI cos(qr-ϕ) where nR and nI are the amplitude of the refractive index and gain-loss modulations, and ϕ is the relative phase shift between them. Such potentials may confine the emitted light around the central part of VCSELs, through unidirectional-inward radial coupling among the transverse modes [4]. The interplay of the relative strength and relative phase of the index and gain-loss modulations manipulate the wave dynamics of such lasers to emit powerful and narrow beams of high brightness. We use the mean-field paraxial model to study the spatiotemporal dynamics of such VCSELs with non-Hermitian potentials. The output emission of conventional VCSEL and modified VCSEL with concentric non-Hermitian configuration is shown in Fig. 1(a,b), illustrating irregular and stable localized pattern, respectively. We assess the performance through the central intensity enhancement [see Fig. 1(c)] and field concertation [see Fig. 1(d)]. The spatial dynamics for a representative point is provided in Fig. 1(e). The stationary intensity profile and its corresponding cross-section show that intensity is strongly concentrated at r=0 due to the favoured radial coupling of inward propagating waves, as depicted in the transverse field flow on the inset [see Fig. 1(e)].
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC)
ISBN (Print)9781728104690
StatePublished - Oct 17 2019

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