A wide spectral asymmetry between the front and rear facets of a tapered chirped quantum dot multi-section superluminescent diode is reported. The spectral asymmetry between the two facet outputs was found to be tunable and highly dependent on the bias asymmetry between the two contact sections, with a spectral mismatch of up to 14 nm. Numerical simulations confirmed a relationship between this spectral asymmetry and the non-uniform filling of the quantum dots’ confined states when different current densities are applied to the device electrodes. The results from this investigation open up an additional degree of freedom for multi-section superluminescent diodes, which could pave the way for optical bandwidth engineering via multiplexing the spectral output from both facets, using only a single device.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics