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Continuous-wave operation of GaInAs/AlGaAsSb quantum cascade lasers

Dauerstrichbetrieb von GaInAs-AlGaAsSb Quantenkaskadenlasern
: Yang, Q.K.; Bronner, W.; Manz, C.; Moritz, R.; Mann, C.; Kaufel, G.; Köhler, K.; Wagner, J.


IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 17 (2005), No.11, pp.2283-2285
ISSN: 1041-1135
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAF ()
continuous-wave operation; Dauerstrichbetrieb; GaInAs; AlGaAsSb; mid-infrared; mittleres Infrarot; quantum cascade laser; Quantenkaskadenlaser

We report on the demonstration of continuous-wave (CW) operation of GaInAs-AlGaAsSb quantum cascade (QC) lasers. By placing a 2.5-µm-thick gold layer on both sides of the laser ridge to extract heat from the active region in the lateral direction, together with mounting the device epilayer down, we have achieved CW operation of GalnAs-AlGaAsSb QC lasers composed of 25 stages of active/injection regions. The maximum CW operating temperature of the lasers is 94 K, and the emission wavelength is around lambda about 4.65 µm. For a device with the size of 10 x 2000 µm2, the CW optical output power per facet is 13 mW at 42 K and 4 mW at 94 K. The CW threshold current density is 1.99 kA/cm2 at 42 K, and 2.08 kA/cm2 at 94 K, respectively.