Polarization modulation of cruciform vertical-cavity laser diodes

Kent D. Choquette, K. L. Lear, R. E. Leibenguth, M. T. Asom

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We demonstrate electrical switching and modulation between two orthogonal polarization modes of air-post vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers with cruciform transverse cavity geometry. The continuous-wave lasing emission is switched from one polarization mode to the orthogonal mode at frequencies up to 50 MHz by a small signal modulation of the injection current. Furthermore, a polarized output signal at twice the input frequency is generated at frequencies up to 10 MHz by a large signal modulation of the injection current from below threshold to above the polarization switching transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2767-2769
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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