The lasers behind the communications revolution

William F. Brinkman, Thomas L. Koch, David V. Lang, Daniel P. Wilt

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This paper reviews the development of the semiconductor laser-a key component of optical communications. It discusses the tremendous advances in materials and reliability, describes the progress in laser structures, performance, and applications, and looks forward to the role of the laser in the next phase of the telecommunications revolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-167
Number of pages18
JournalBell Labs Technical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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