Abstract

The optical characteristics of antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW) vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers (VCSOAs) are investigated theoretically. Influence of spatial hole burning (SHB) and thermal lensing on the stability of the amplified output signal is taken into consideration in the studies. A design rule, which can be used to deduce the optimized dimensions of ARROW, is developed to achieve spatially stable single-spot amplified output-signal in large-area VCSOAs. It can be shown that a high saturation power yet stable output signal can be achieved in large-area ARROW VCSOAs simultaneously.

© 2006 IEEE

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