Self pulsing quantum dot lasers for optical coherence tomography

Haoling Liu, Peter Smowton, Gareth Edwards, Wolfgang Drexler, Huw Summers

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In this paper, we will discuss the necessary properties of the light source needed for high resolution and high penetration OCT. We examine the performance of a self pulsating edge emitting quantum dot laser diode light source emitting at -1050nm and configured as a split contact device with separate gain and absorber sections. The device can be configured to operate with a reverse biased saturable absorber section or with the whole device forward biased into gain. With the device operated without a saturable absorber section the laser emits a number of discrete narrow modes, which merge to form a broad continuous lasing spectrum (width up to 10nm) on application of the saturable absorber. In the time domain we observe continuous emission that becomes self pulsation, with pulse widths of 200-300ps and frequency of 0.6-1.5GHz depending on drive current and reverse bias, on application of the saturable absorber.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2009
EventNovel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers VIII - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 2009Jan 29 2009


OtherNovel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers VIII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Broadband laser diode
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Quantum dots
  • Saturable absorber
  • Self- pulsation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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