Frequency Comb Generation at 800 nm in Waveguide Array Quantum Well Diode Lasers

Chang Sun, Mark Dong, Niall M. Mangan, Herbert G. Winful, Steven T. Cundiff, J. Nathan Kutz*

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A traveling wave model for a semiconductor diode laser based on quantum wells is presented as well as a comprehensive theoretical model of the lasing dynamics produced by the intensity discrimination and controllable loss of mode-coupling in a waveguide array. By leveraging a recently developed model for the detailed semiconductor gain dynamics, the temporal shaping effects of the nonlinear mode-coupling induced by the waveguide arrays can be characterized. Specifically, the enhanced pulse shaping and loss provided by the waveguides is capable of generating stable frequency combs at a wavelength of 800 nm in a GaAs device, a parameter regime for which it is difficult to obtain stable, broad comb generation using a single waveguide. Extensive numerical simulations showed that stable waveform generation could be achieved and optimized by an appropriate choice of the linear waveguide coupling coefficient, quantum well depth, and the input currents to the first and second waveguides. The model provides a demonstration that a compact, efficient and robust on-chip comb source can be produced in GaAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8933408
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2020


  • Diode lasers
  • optical frequency combs
  • quantum wells
  • waveguide arrays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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