Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 369–390

Gain and saturation in semiconductor lasers

  • Jian Huang
  • Lee W. Casperson
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DOI: 10.1007/BF00420579

Cite this article as:
Huang, J. & Casperson, L.W. Opt Quant Electron (1993) 25: 369. doi:10.1007/BF00420579


Several approaches have been developed for modelling the gain and saturation behaviour of semiconductor lasers, and this study includes a historical review of these various approaches. Special attention is given to rate equation models and to the possibility of so-called gain nonlinearities that might affect the CW and modulation performance of semiconductor lasers. Discussions are mainly limited to the GaAs/GaAIAs and InGaAsP/InP systems, for which the gain and gain nonlinearities have been most extensively studied.

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© Chapman & Hall 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian Huang
    • 1
  • Lee W. Casperson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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