Parity-time symmetry in coherently coupled vertical cavity laser arrays

Zihe Gao, Stewart T.M. Fryslie, Bradley J. Thompson, P. Scott Carney, Kent D. Choquette

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We report parity-time (PT) symmetry breaking in electrically injected, coherently coupled, vertical cavity surface emitting laser arrays. We predict beam steering, mode evolution, and mode hopping as consequences of the non-Hermiticity of the array, analyzed by the temporal coupled-mode theory with both an asymmetric gain distribution and local frequency detuning. We present experimental confirmations of the predicted mode evolution, mode hopping, and PT symmetry breaking with quantitative agreement with the theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 20 2017


  • Diode laser arrays
  • Optical resonators
  • Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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