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Selection of lasing direction in single mode semiconductor square ring cavities
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We propose and demonstrate a selection scheme of lasing direction by imposing a loss imbalance structure into the single mode square ring cavity. The control of the traveling direction is realized by introducing a taper-step section in one of the straight waveguides of the square ring cavity. It was shown by semi-analytic calculation that the taper-step section in the cavity provides effective loss imbalance between two travelling directions as the round trip repeats. Various kinds of square cavities were fabricated using InGaAsP/InGaAs multiple quantum well semiconductor materials in order to test the direction selectivity while maintaining the single mode. We also measured the pump power dependent lasing spectra to investigate the maintenance property of the lasing direction. The experimental results demonstrated that the proposed scheme is an efficient means for a unidirectional lasing in a single mode laser.
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