Photonic-crystal vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Dominic F. Siriani, Paul O. Leisher, Kent D. Choquette

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


We review the analysis of loss and optical confinement in etched photonic crystal (PhC) vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). The lossy PhC structure is modeled using a waveguide approach employing the scalar Helmholtz equation with complex refractive indices. Theoretical results are developed, analyzed, and compared to experimental measurements of spectral mode splitting, modal loss, and slope efficiency of fabricated VCSELs. This model is shown to design accurately single-mode photonic crystal VCSELs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSemiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics III
StatePublished - 2008
EventSemiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics III - Strasbourg, France
Duration: Apr 7 2008Apr 9 2008

Publication series

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


OtherSemiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics III


  • Photonic crystal
  • Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL)

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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