Passive cavity surface-emitting lasers: Option of temperature-insensitive lasing wavelength for uncooled dense wavelength division multiplexing systems

V. A. Shchukin, N. N. Ledentsov, T. Slight, W. Meredith, N. Y. Gordeev, A. M. Nadtochy, A. S. Payusov, M. V. Maximov, S. A. Blokhin, A. A. Blokhin, Yu M. Zadiranov, N. A. Maleev, V. M. Ustinov, K. D. Choquette

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A concept of passive cavity surface-emitting laser is proposed aimed to control the temperature shift of the lasing wavelength. The device contains an all-semiconductor bottom distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), in which the active medium is placed, a dielectric resonant cavity and a dielectric top DBR, wherein at least one of the dielectric materials has a negative temperature coefficient of the refractive index, dn/dT < 0. This is shown to be the case for commonly used dielectric systems SiO2/TiO2 and SiO2/Ta2O5. Two SiO2/TiO2 resonant structures having a cavity either of SiO2 or TiO2 were deposited on a substrate, their optical power reflectance spectra were measured at various temperatures, and refractive index temperature coefficients were extracted, dn/dT = 0.0021 K-1 for SiO2 and dn/dT = -0.0092 K-1 for TiO2. Using such dielectric materials allows designing passive cavity surface-emitting lasers having on purpose either positive, or zero, or negative temperature shift of the lasing wavelength dλ/dT. A design for temperature-insensitive lasing wavelength (dλ/dT = 0) is proposed. Employing devices with temperature-insensitive lasing wavelength in wavelength division multiplexing systems may allow significant reducing of the spectral separation between transmission channels and an increase in number of channels for a defined spectral interval enabling low cost energy efficient uncooled devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers XX
EditorsKent D. Choquette, James K. Guenter
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600010
StatePublished - 2016
EventVertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers XX - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 17 2016Feb 18 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherVertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers XX
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • dielectric cavity
  • dielectric distributed Bragg reflector
  • negative temperature shift of cavity resonance
  • passive cavity surface-emitting laser
  • refractive index thermal coefficient
  • temperature-insensitive lasing wavelength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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