We describe a technique for the measurement of optical gain and loss in semiconductor lasers using a single, multisection device. The method provides a complete description of the gain spectrum in absolute units and over a wide current range. Comparison of the transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarized spectra also provides the quasi-Fermi-level energy separation. Measurements on AlGaInP quantum well laser structures with emission wavelengths close to 670 nm show an internal loss of 10 cm-1 and peak gain values up to 4000 cm-1 for current densities up to 4 kA cm-2.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)