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Propagation of spatially partially coherent emission from a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

Publication date 2006
B-Phot Authors Hugo Thienpont
DOI 10.1364/OL.31.001178
Citation
M. Peeters et al., “Propagation of spatially partially coherent emission from a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser,” Opt. Lett., vol. 31, no. 9, pp. 1178–1180, 2006.
Abstract Recently we observed a strong reduction of spatial coherence of the emission of large-aperture vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers when they are driven by microsecond electrical pulses [Opt. Express 13, 9337 (2005)]. We study the influence of this partial spatial coherence on the propagation characteristics. The spatial decoherence manifests itself in the formation of a Gaussian far-field intensity distribution. We measure the transverse pulse profile from near to far field and see that the shape-invariant far-field regime starts after 140 mu m in the pulsed regime as opposed to several centimeters in continuous wave operation. This value matches quantitatively calculations made with a novel partially coherent propagation model without any free fitting parameters. (c) 2006 Optical Society of America.
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