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Photonic-crystal lasers with two-dimensionally arranged gain and loss sections for high-peak-power short-pulse operation

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Realizing high-peak-power (tens to hundreds of watts or higher) short-pulse (tens of picoseconds or less) operation in semiconductor lasers is crucial for state-of-the-art applications including eye-safe high-resolution remote sensing and non-thermal ultrafine material processing. However, it has been challenging to introduce mechanisms that enable stable high-peak-power short-pulse operation in conventional semiconductor lasers. Here, we propose photonic crystal lasers that have two-dimensionally arranged gain and loss sections to enable high-peak-power short-pulse operation in the fundamental mode while suppressing lasing in higher-order modes to avoid laser instability. On the basis of this concept, we experimentally realize a high peak power of ~20 W and a short pulse width of ~35 ps with an injection current of only 3-4 A using a 400-μm-diameter device and theoretically predict that even higher peak power (>300 W) can be achieved in a 1-mm-diameter device. Our results will contribute to the realization of next-generation laser sources for the aforementioned applications.

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Fig. 1: Concept of PCSELs with 2D-arranged gain and loss sections.
Fig. 2: Design of the gain and loss sections.
Fig. 3: Experimental demonstrations using devices A and B.
Fig. 4: Optimization of PCSELs with 2D-arranged gain and loss sections.

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This work was mainly supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The double-lattice photonic crystal structures were designed under the project of Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) Cross ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) ‘Photonics and Quantum Technology for Society 5.0’ (Funding agency: QST). This work was also partially supported by a grant-in-aid for scientific research (grant number 20H02655) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). R.M. also acknowledges support from a grant-in-aid for JSPS Fellows (grant number 19J20134). We thank M. Yoshida and J. Gelleta for fruitful discussions.

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S.N. supervised the entire project with T.I. R.M. designed the devices with T.I. R.M. fabricated the samples with M.D.Z. and K.I. R.M. performed the experiments and analysed the data with T.I. All authors discussed the results and wrote the paper.

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Morita, R., Inoue, T., De Zoysa, M. et al. Photonic-crystal lasers with two-dimensionally arranged gain and loss sections for high-peak-power short-pulse operation. Nat. Photonics 15, 311–318 (2021).

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