InGaN-based laser diodes (LDs) are suitable for obtaining low-cost and compact short-pulse laser light sources in the blue-violet range exploiting either mode-locking or self-pulsating regimes. Typically these devices consist of a Fabry-Perot-type cavity with separate electrical p-contacts to define multiple sections: a short reverse-biased section that acts as a saturable absorber (SA) and a long forward-biased gain section. Recently we demonstrated 18 ps duration optical pulses under the self-pulsation regime on InGaN multi-section blue LDs at repetition rate of several GHz . The development of this new kind of ultrafast sources would be of great interest for applications such as next generation large-capacity optical storage, ultraprecise nano-processing and biomedical imaging .
ISLC 2012 International Semiconductor Laser Conference, San Diego, CA (USA), pp. 114-115