Temperature profile of GaInAs/AlInAs/InP quantum cascade-laser facets measured by microprobe photoluminescence

Spagnolo, Vincenzo; Troccoli, Mariano; Scamarcio, Gaetano; Gmachl, Claire; Capasso, Federico; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Sergent, A. Michael; Hutchinson, Albert L.; Sivco, Deborah L.; Cho, Alfred Y.
April 2001
Applied Physics Letters;4/9/2001, Vol. 78 Issue 15, p2095
Academic Journal
The local temperature of quantum-cascade lasers operating in continuous wave mode is reported. This information is extracted from the thermal shift of the band-to-band photoluminescence peaks in the AlInAs and InP cladding layers of quantum-cascade laser facets using a high-resolution microprobe setup. Interpolation by means of a two-dimensional heat diffusion model allows to obtain the temperature profile and the thermal conductivity in the waveguide core. Comparison between substrate and epilayer-side mounted lasers shows the superior thermal dissipation capability of the latter, and explains their better performance with respect to threshold current and maximum operating temperature.


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