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High average power first-order distributed feedback quantum cascade lasers

Hofstetter, Daniel ; Aellen, Thierry ; Beck, Mattias ; Faist, Jérôme

In: Photonics Technology Letters (IEEE), 2000, vol. 12, no. 12, p. 1610-1612

We present distributed feedback quantum cascade lasers at 965 cm-1 with a high average optical output power at temperatures of up to 60°C. At a duty cycle of 3%, the averaged maximal output power of a 55-μm wide and 1.5-mm-long device at -30°C was 13.6 mW; at 60°C, the device emitted 2 mkV. Corresponding peak optical powers of 450 mW at -30°C and of 70 mW at 60°C have been... Plus

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    We present distributed feedback quantum cascade lasers at 965 cm-1 with a high average optical output power at temperatures of up to 60°C. At a duty cycle of 3%, the averaged maximal output power of a 55-μm wide and 1.5-mm-long device at -30°C was 13.6 mW; at 60°C, the device emitted 2 mkV. Corresponding peak optical powers of 450 mW at -30°C and of 70 mW at 60°C have been observed. Due to the lateral current injection, we achieved single-mode behavior in a slightly distorted zero-order lateral mode across the whole range of investigated temperatures and output powers. At room temperature, the threshold current density was on the order of 6.7 kA/cm2; the characteristic temperature T0 was, due to tuning of the Bragg resonance into the gain curve, rather high, namely 310 K.