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Wide-Tuning-Wavelength-Range LGLC Laser with Low-Loss Dual-Core Spot Size Converter
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics
Publication Date: 2012/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: BRIEF PAPER
semiconductor lasers, laser tuning, optical filter,
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A dual-core spot size converter (DC-SSC) is integrated with a lateral grating assisted lateral co-directional coupler (LGLC) tunable laser by using no additional complicated fabrication processes. The excess loss due to the DC-SSC is only 0.5 dB, and narrow full width half maximums (FWHMs) of vertical and horizontal far-field patterns (FFPs) produced by the laser are about 25° and 20°. This integration causes no degradations of the performance of the LGLC laser; in other words, it maintains good lasing characteristics, namely, wide tuning range of over 68 nm and SMSR of over 35 dB in the C-band under a 50 semi-cooled condition.