Energy efficient microcavity lasers with 20 and 40 Gb/s data transmission

F. Tan, C. H. Wu, M. Feng, N. Holonyak

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Microcavity lasers (μCLs), reduced-size (≤3 μm aperture) vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) defined by the buried-oxide process for current and field confinement (thus wide mode spacing), are demonstrated with low threshold current, sharp turn-on L-I characteristics, and wide bandwidth operation. Due to the enhanced spontaneous recombination rate at reduced mode and improved photon density, μCLs exhibit lower charge-field resonance peaks at a modulation bandwidth f-3 dB =18.7 GHz, thus permitting open-"eye" operation at 20 and 40 Gb/s data rates (I≤3 mA). The energy efficiency for 20 Gb/s data transmission is measured to be 4.84 Gb/s/mW, which is eight times better than 7 μm aperture VCSELs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number191107
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 9 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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