Self-pulsing oxide-confined vertical-cavity lasers with ultralow operating current

K. D. Choquette, H. Q. Hou, K. L. Lear, H. C. Chui, K. M. Geib, A. Mar, B. E. Mammons

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Selectively oxidised vertical-cavity lasers which exhibit self-pulsating lasing at currents as low as 47OnA are reported. Characteristics including linearly polarised emission, narrow linewidths and coherent near- and far-field diffraction indicate that these devices operate as lasers at DC currents < 1μA. Although self-pulsating lasing initiates at submicroampere average current, the injection current during the optical pulse can be > ImA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-460
Number of pages2
JournalElectronics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 29 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Semiconductor junction lasers
  • Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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