Abstract

We experimentally investigate the performance of a commercial tapered amplifier diode operating in a pulsed-current mode with a peak current that is significantly higher than the specified maximum continuous current. For a tapered amplifier rated at 500 mW of continuous power, we demonstrate 2.6 W of peak optical output power with 15 mW of injection light for 200 μs, 7 A current pulses. Different failure mechanisms for the tapered amplifier, including thermal and optical damage, are identified under these conditions.

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R. A. Nyman, G. Varoquaux, B. Villier, D. Sacchet, F. Moron, Y. L. Coq, A. Aspect, and P. Bouyer, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 033105 (2006).
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[CrossRef]

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L. Goldberg, D. Mehuys, M. R. Surette, and D. C. Hall, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 2028 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1992

J. N. Walpole, E. S. Kintzer, S. R. Chinn, C. A. Wang, and L. J. Missaggia, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 740 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991

M. A. Kasevich and S. Chu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 181 (1991).

G. Bendelli, K. Komori, S. Arai, and Y. Suematsu, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 3, 42 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

J. N. Walpole, E. S. Kintzer, S. R. Chinn, C. A. Wang, and L. J. Missaggia, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 740 (1992).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

L. Goldberg, D. Mehuys, M. R. Surette, and D. C. Hall, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 2028 (1993).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.

G. Bendelli, K. Komori, S. Arai, and Y. Suematsu, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 3, 42 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Rev. Lett.

M. A. Kasevich and S. Chu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 181 (1991).

Rev. Sci. Instrum.

R. A. Nyman, G. Varoquaux, B. Villier, D. Sacchet, F. Moron, Y. L. Coq, A. Aspect, and P. Bouyer, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 033105 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Other

K. Takase, Ph.D. dissertation (Stanford University, 2007).

H. Stange, Eagleyard Photonics, Berlin 12489, Germany (personal communication, 2007).

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