Electrooptically wavelength-tunable resonant cavity optoelectronic device for high-speed data transfer

Patent No. 7,369,583

Issued: May 6, 2008
Filed: June 2, 2005

Inventors: Ledentsov; Nikolai (Berlin, DE), Shchukin; Vitaly (Berlin, DE) 
Assignee: Innolume GmbH (Dortmund, DE)


A device contains at least one wavelength-tunable element controlled by an applied voltage and at least two resonant cavities, where the resonant wavelength of the tunable element is preferably elecrooptically tuned using the quantum confined Stark effect around the resonant wavelength of the other cavity or cavities, resulting in a modulated transmittance of the system. A light-emitting medium is preferably introduced into one of the cavities, permitting the optoelectronic device to work as an intensity-modulated light-emitting diode or diode laser by applying an injection current. The device preferably contains at least three electric contacts to apply a forward or a reverse bias and may operate as a vertical cavity surface emitting light-emitter or modulator or as a tilted cavity light emitter or modulator. Adding a few modulator sections enables applications in semiconductor optical amplifiers, frequency converters or lock-in optical amplifiers.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims an invention which was disclosed in Provisional Application No. 60/577,537, filed Jun. 7, 2004, entitled "ELECTROOPTICALLY WAVELENGTH-TUNABLE RESONANT CAVITY OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR HIGH-SPEED DATA TRANSFER". The benefit under 35 USC .sctn.119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.


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