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A photonic IC, laser diode and SOA simulator

Active Module

The Active Module provides a detailed physical model allowing the simulation of various types of amplifiers (SOAs) and lasers, as well as modulators and photo-detectors. This permits also a large range of laser diode types, including Fabry Perot, DFB,  tuneable and ring lasers.

PICWave Features

Physical Model

The active model includes the following physics:

  • Dynamic SOA/laser gain and spontaneous emission spectra as function of carrier density and temperature - using data imported from Harold or other sources

  • Dynamic QCSE-EAM absorption/refractive index spectrum as function of bias voltage and temperature - using data imported from Harold or other sources

Gain curves fitted in PICWave
Green lines are gain spectra of an InGaAsP-InP QW material for increasing carrier density.
(Left) Blue lines – a parabolic gain fit to the green lines, (right) blue lines – PICWave’s Wide-Band Gain Fitting
showing an accurate model over a much wider spectral range, making PICWave ideal for SOA applications.

  • Lorentzian optical phase and intensity noise model

  • Lateral current spreading/leakage in cladding

  • Multiple contacts on active sections

Current spreading in PICWave
Current density vector plot showing lateral current spreading in a ridge waveguide laser

  • Carrier diffusion

  • Electrical noise model

  • Travelling wave electrode model

  • Longitudinal hole burning

  • Lateral hole burning

  • Non-linear gain suppression/spectral hole-burning model based on intraband relaxation time 

  • Multiple carrier levels with defined interband transition times, allows modelling of e.g. carrier capture-escape between bulk and QWs, or SCH carrier transport time 

Multiple carrier levels and capture/escape dynamics in PICWave

PICWave can model the interaction between multiple carrier levels. Here PICWave separately
tracks the carrier population in the quantum wells and in the bulk of an InGaAsP laser, taking the
capture/escape dynamics into account. This effect causes strong damping of the modulation
response of the laser as shown in the graph. 

  • Auger processes

  • Thermal effects

  • MQWs

  • Dynamic chirp (due to changes in carrier density)

  • Doping effects on mobility, refractive index and absorption

  • Extensive analysis of the results

Comparison between PICWave and Harold

Please see here for a comparison of the active component (laser diode, SOA, modulators etc.) modelling capabilities of PICWave, Harold, Harold XY and Harold EAM.