Solitary pulse-on-demand production by optical injection locking of passively Q-switched InGaN diode laser near lasing threshold

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Zeng, Xi
Sulmoni, Luca
Lamy, Jean-Michel
Stadelmann, Thomas
Grossmann, Sylvain
Hoogerwerf, Arno C.
Grandjean, Nicolas
Boiko, Dmitri L.
In this letter, we investigate the behavior of a Q-switched InGaN multi-section laser diode (MSLD) under optical injection from a continuous wave external cavity diode laser. We obtain solitary optical pulse generation when the slave MSLD is driven near free running threshold, and the peak output power is significantly enhanced with respect to free running configuration. When the slave laser is driven well above threshold, optical injection reduces the peak power. Using standard semiconductor laser rate equation model, we find that both power enhancement and suppression effects are the result of partial bleaching of the saturable absorber by externally injected photons.
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Applied Physics Letters, vol. 106 (7), pp. 071101