Abstract

Distributed feedback lasers with laterally coupled ridge-waveguide surface gratings having the protrusions placed alternately on the lateral sides of the ridge are demonstrated. This configuration enables easier-to-fabricate wider trenches than in the gratings with protrusions placed symmetrically on both sides of the ridge. The design strategy and coupling coefficient calculations are discussed. The output characteristics of fabricated lasers show lower threshold currents and higher slope efficiencies for devices with first-order alternating gratings than for those with third-order symmetric gratings having comparable grating trench widths and similar coupling coefficients.

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