Rate equation analysis of microcavity lasers

H. Yokoyama, S. D. Brorson

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We describe the light output properties of single mode lasers having cavity dimensions on the order of the emitted wavelength. A simple rate equation formula is derived for a four-level laser assuming enhanced spontaneous emission into the cavity. These rate equation analyses show that increasing the coupling of spontaneous emission into the cavity mode causes the lasing properties to become quite different from those of usual lasers having cavity dimensions much larger than a wavelength. We find that the lasing threshold disappears, the light emission efficiency increases, relaxation oscillations do not occur, and the dynamic response speed is improved. It is shown that the spontaneous emission rate alteration caused by the cavity plays an essentially important role for these characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4801-4805
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1989 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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