Jacques Arnaud, Laurent Chusseau
Optical and Quantum Electronics, October 2002, Volume 34, Issue 10, pp 1007-1023
When laser diodes are driven by high-impedance electrical sources, the variance of the number of photo-detection events counted over large time durations is less than the average number of events (sub-Poissonian light). This paper presents a Monte-Carlo simulation that keeps track of each level occupancy (0 or 1) in the conduction and valence bands, and of the number of light quanta in the optical cavity. When there is good electron–lattice thermal contact, the electron and hole temperatures remain equal to that of the lattice. In that case, the elementary laser-diode noise theory results are accurately reproduced by the simulation. But when the thermal contact is poor (or, almost equivalently, at high power levels), new effects occur (spectral-hole burning, temperature fluctuations, statistical fluctuations of the optical gain) that are difficult to handle theoretically. Our numerical simulation shows that the frequency domain over which the photo-current spectral density is below the shot-noise level becomes narrower as the optical power increases.
LIEN VERS L’ARTICLE : MONTE-CARLO SIMULATION OF LASER DIODE SUB-POISSONNIAN LIGHT GENERATION