Abstract

The dependence of spontaneous carrier lifetime τs on the electromagnetic field in the laser cavity is discussed in the framework of a microscopic approach to laser dynamics. An analytical relationship between τs and the number of photons in the laser cavity is derived. The structure of τs suggests new experiments for the determination of microscopic parameters of the active region material (e.g., the intraband carrier lifetime τin). This relationship is nonlinear and does not exhibit any kind of singularity or discontinuity, as sometimes reported in the literature. The comparison between theory and experimental results is discussed.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Sensitivity of quantum-dot semiconductor lasers to optical feedback

D. O’Brien, S. P. Hegarty, G. Huyet, and A. V. Uskov
Opt. Lett. 29(10) 1072-1074 (2004)

Stabilization of chaotic spatiotemporal filamentation in large broad area lasers by spatially structured optical feedback

Christian Simmendinger, Dietmar Preißr, and Ortwin Hess
Opt. Express 5(3) 48-54 (1999)

Multimode semiconductor laser with selective optical feedback

E. A. Viktorov and Paul Mandel
Opt. Lett. 25(21) 1576-1578 (2000)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (4)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (19)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription