Semiconductor Lasers

  • Mohammad Azadeh
Part of the Optical Networks book series (OPNW)

In this chapter we discuss the basic principles of operation of semiconductor lasers. These devices are by far the most common optical source in fiber optic communication. Properties such as high-speed modulation capability, high efficiency, wavelengths in the infrared communication band, small size, and high reliability make these devices an indispensable part of fiber optic links. This chapter starts with the theory of light amplifiers and oscillators. Next we discuss optical amplification in semiconductors, which is the basis of semiconductor lasers. We will also introduce the rate equations, which are an essential tool in understanding the behavior of semiconductor lasers. Next we will study various properties of these lasers, both in frequency and in time domains. Finally, we will review some of the practical semiconductor devices in use.


Carrier Density Semiconductor Laser Population Inversion Optical Feedback Photon Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Source Photonics, Inc.ChatsworthUSA

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