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Role of carrier reservoirs on the slow phase recovery of quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifiers

Kim, J.; Meuer, C.; Bimberg, Dieter; Eisenstein, Gadi

Inst. Festkörperphysik

The gain and phase recovery dynamics of quantum-dot (QD) semiconductor optical amplifiers are calculated, including all the optical transitions involved in successive carrier recovery processes. The carrier recovery dynamics of inhomogeneously broadened QDs is simulated by solving 1088 coupled rate equations. The respective contributions of QD states and quantum-well carrier reservoirs to the gain and phase changes are identified both temporally and spectrally. We show that the slow phase recovery component of the QD ground state is induced by the slow carrier dynamics of the carrier reservoir due to a slowly varying line shape function of the refractive index change.
  • This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and AIP Publishing. This article appeared in Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 041112 (2009) and may be found at https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3073715.