Visualisation of the Intensity and Phase Dynamics of Semiconductor Lasers via Electric Field Reconstructions

  • David GouldingEmail author
  • Thomas Butler
  • Bryan Kelleher
  • Svetlana Slepneva
  • Stephen P. Hegarty
  • Guillaume Huyet
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 173)


In any physical dynamical system an understanding of both the intensity and phase dynamics can provide an unique insight into the dynamical behaviour observed. A thorough picture of the phase and intensity dynamics of an optical system can greatly aid in understanding the device dynamics from the perspective of fundamental physics as well as providing a deeper insight into device performance. This work details a novel interferometric analysis technique which allows the measurement and visualisation of the complex electric field of a laser source in a time-resolved, single shot format. To demonstrate the effectiveness of this technique, it has been applied to the dynamically rich system of a semiconductor laser undergoing external optical injection, allowing for the first time a direct study of the phase trajectories of the various non-linear dynamical responses observed in such a system. Furthermore a full electric field reconstruction of a fast frequency swept source has also been performed. A time-resolved analysis of this wide bandwidth laser allows direct measurement of many fast time-scale dynamics and a precise calculation of many device parameters which were previously inaccessible. This novel technique allows for previously unobtainable insights into the underlying dynamics of laser systems with many potential applications for this technique in studying future light sources and in gaining further understanding of fundamental laser dynamics.


Optical Coherence Tomography Fibre Bragg Grating Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Optical Coherence Tomography System Slave Laser 
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of Science Foundation Ireland under Contracts No. 11/PI/1152 and No. 12/RC/2276 and the EU FP7 Marie Curie Action FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN through the PROPHET project, Grant No. 264687.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Goulding
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas Butler
    • 1
  • Bryan Kelleher
    • 2
  • Svetlana Slepneva
    • 1
  • Stephen P. Hegarty
    • 1
  • Guillaume Huyet
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process AnalysisCork Institute of Technology and Tyndall National InstituteCorkIreland
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity College Cork and Tyndall National InstituteCorkIreland
  3. 3.Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process AnalysisCork Institute of TechnologyCorkIreland
  4. 4.National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Saint PetersburgRussia and Tyndall National InstituteCorkIreland

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