Far-field emission narrowing effect of microdisk lasers

T. D. Lee*, P. H. Cheng, J. S. Pan, R. S. Tsai, Yin-Chieh Lai, K. Tai

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Far-field intensity distribution of semiconductor microdisk lasers is experimentally measured and the emission angle is found to be much smaller than that of a planar source with the same near-field width. In fact the emission angle is determined mainly by the disk radius instead of the disk thickness. A scalar diffraction theory in the cylindrical coordinate is developed to explain such an emission-angle-narrowing phenomenon and numerical calculation based on a vectorial diffraction theory is carried out to explain the measured polarization state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2223-2225
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1998

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