Scaling Characteristics of Photonic Crystal Vertical Cavity Laser

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Publication Date


Publication Title

The 17th Annual Meeting of the IEEELasers and Electro-Optics Society, 2004. LEOS 2004.

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


This study shows that photonic crystal vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers exhibit improved optical confinement and resultant scaling of laser properties, as well as single fundamental mode operation over a wide range of device structure parameters. Single fundamental mode operation is achieved for a wide range of device parameters. The use of photonic crystal confinement, in which the etched holes and light propagation are parallel, provides a means for significantly reducing the modal volume of microcavity lasers.

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