Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 1 (2006)

Theoretical investigation of amplified spontaneous emission in an active structure by extended (3x3) transfer matrix formalism: the case of a non-uniform longitudinal distribution of emitters

Y. G. Boucher


We use an extended (3x3) Transfer Matrix Formalism (TMF) to investigate the properties of Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) in an active structure that exhibits a non-uniform spatial distribution of emitters along its longitudinal axis. The spectral density of power of the internal and emitted fields, both filtered into the transfer function of the structure, are expressed analytically in structural dimensionless parameters. We show that a periodically modulated distribution of emitters inside a cavity, in spite of their being spatially non-coherent, are responsible for a cross-interference product that can lead to an unexpected resonant enhancement of the spectral selectivity.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2006.06027]

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