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Nonlinear Photonics in Mid-infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Louise Jumpertz
    Pages 1-8
  3. Louise Jumpertz
    Pages 35-61
  4. Louise Jumpertz
    Pages 131-134

About this book


This thesis presents the first comprehensive analysis of quantum cascade laser nonlinear dynamics and includes the first observation of a temporal chaotic behavior in quantum cascade lasers. It also provides the first analysis of optical instabilities in the mid-infrared range.

Mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers are unipolar semiconductor lasers, which have become widely used in applications such as gas spectroscopy, free-space communications or optical countermeasures. Applying external perturbations such as optical feedback or optical injection leads to a strong modification of the quantum cascade laser properties. Optical feedback impacts the static properties of mid-infrared Fabry–Perot and distributed feedback quantum cascade lasers, inducing power increase; threshold reduction; modification of the optical spectrum, which can become either single- or multimode; and enhanced beam quality in broad-area transverse multimode lasers. It also leads to a different dynamical behavior, and a quantum cascade laser subject to optical feedback can oscillate periodically or even become chaotic.  A quantum cascade laser under external control could therefore be a source with enhanced properties for the usual mid-infrared applications, but could also address new applications such as tunable photonic oscillators, extreme events generators, chaotic Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), chaos-based secured communications or unpredictable countermeasures.


Quantum Cascade Laser Optical Feedback Linewidth Enhancement Factor Self-mixing Interferometry Broad-area Laser Optical Injection Chaotic Behaviour in Laser

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Communications and ElectronicsTélécom ParisTechParisFrance

About the authors

Louise Jumpertz graduated from Institut d'Optique Graduate School (France) in 2013 with an Engineering degree and a Master of research in optics. She graduated with a PhD in Electronics and Communications from Telecom ParisTech (France) in collaboration with the company mirSense in November 2016. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis. Her research interests are laser physics at various wavelengths (visible, near- and mid-infrared) and nonlinear optics.

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