jInterwell intersubband electroluminescence from Si/SiGe quantum cascade emitters

Bates, R.; Lynch, S. A.; Paul, D. J.; Ikonic, Z.; W.#Kelsall, R.; Harrison, P.; Liew, S. L.; Norris, D. J.; Cullis, A. G.; Tribe, W. R.; Arnone, D. D.
November 2003
Applied Physics Letters;11/17/2003, Vol. 83 Issue 20, p4092
Academic Journal
The quantum cascade laser provides one potential method for the efficient generation of light from indirect materials such as silicon. While to date electroluminescence results from THz Si/SiGe quantum cascade emitters have shown higher output powers than equivalent III–V emitters, the absence of population inversion within these structures has undermined their potential use for the creation of a laser. Electroluminescence results from Si/SiGe quantum cascade emitters are presented demonstrating intersubband emission from heavy to light holes interwell (diagonal) transitions between 1.2 THz (250 μm) and 1.9 THz (156 μm). Theoretical modeling of the transitions suggests the existence of population inversion within the system. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.


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