Gain compression coefficient and above-threshold linewidth enhancement factor in InAs/GaAs quantum DFB lasers

H. Su, L. Zhang, A. L. Gray, R. Wang, P. M. Varangis, L. F. Lester, Marek Osinski, Fritz Henneberger, Hiroshi Amano
2005 Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XIII  
We measure, for the first time, the gain compression coefficient and above-threshold linewidth enhancement factor (alpha parameter) in quantum dot (QD) distributed feedback lasers (DFB) by time-resolved-chirp (TRC) characterization. The alpha parameter is measured to be 2.6 at threshold and increases to 8 when the output power of the QD DFB is increased to 3 mW. The dependence of the above-threshold alpha parameter on the optical power is found to be stronger than the optical gain compression
more » ... gain compression effect alone can predict. The inhomogeneous gain broadening, gain saturation at the ground states and carrier filling in the excited states in QDs are proposed to explain the results.
doi:10.1117/12.591105 fatcat:6dic76mz6veyhhzhquj3yhhxmi