Ultrafast pulse generation by semiconductor lasers

E. U. Rafailov, E. Avrutin

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    The chapter reviews the physical foundations, the theoretical analysis, the experimental implementation, and possible applications of the three main regimes of ultrafast pulse generation by semiconductor lasers (SLs): gain-switching, passive Q-switching (QS) or self-sustained pulsation (SSP), and mode-locking. Key parameters governing the laser performance, and advantages and limitations of these three methods of pulse generation are discussed. Emphasis is given to the recent progress in theory and experiment, harnessing new materials and physical principles, and current application trends.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSemiconductor lasers
    Subtitle of host publicationfundamentals and applications
    EditorsAlexei Baranov , Eric Tournie
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherWoodhead Publishing Limited
    Number of pages69
    ISBN (Print)9780857091215
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameWoodhead Publishing series in electronic and optical materials
    PublisherWoodhead Publishing Ltd


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