LD05–Optical Design Issues in Electrically Pumped Tunable Liquid-Crystal VCSELs

In this work we investigate a tunable 850nm laser based on a hybrid combination of a liquid crystal micro-cell and a half GaAs VCSEL. The target application is optical coherence tomography. The inherent tolerances of the hybrid technology, the presence of metals in the cavity and the need for a pure extraordinary mode lasing make challenging the optical design of this laser. Hence, VELM, a full 3D and vectorial VCSEL optical solver, is utilized to understand loss mechanisms and provide an optimized design.

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