Control of emitted light polarization in a 1310 nm dilute nitride spin-vertical cavity surface emitting laser subject to circularly polarized optical injection

S. S. Alharthi, A. Hurtado, R. K. Al Seyab, V. M. Korpijarvi, M. Guina, I. D. Henning, M. J. Adams

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We experimentally demonstrate the control of the light polarization emitted by a 1310 nm dilute nitride spin-Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) at room temperature. This is achieved by means of a combination of polarized optical pumping and polarized optical injection. Without external injection, the polarization of the optical pump controls that of the spin-VCSEL. However, the addition of the externally injected signal polarized with either left- (LCP) or rightcircular polarization (RCP) is able to control the polarization of the spin-VCSEL switching it at will to left- or right-circular polarization. A numerical model has been developed showing a very high degree of agreement with the experimental findings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number181106
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2014


  • polarization
  • vertical cavity surface emitting laser
  • optical pumping

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