300 K operation of a GaAs-based quantum-cascade laser at λapprox. 9 μm

Page, H.; Becker, C.; Robertson, A.; Glastre, G.; Ortiz, V.; Sirtori, C.
May 2001
Applied Physics Letters;5/28/2001, Vol. 78 Issue 22, p3529
Academic Journal
The room-temperature (300 K), pulsed mode operation of a GaAs-based quantum-cascade laser is presented. This has been achieved by the use of a GaAs/Al[sub 0.45]Ga[sub 0.55]As heterostructure which offers the maximum Γ-Γ band offset (390 meV) for this material system without inducing the presence of indirect barrier states. Thus, better electron confinement is achieved, countering the loss of injection efficiency with temperature. These devices show ∼100 K increase in operating temperature with respect to equivalent designs using an GaAs/Al[sub 0.33]Ga[sub 0.67]As heterostructure. We also measure 600 mW peak power at 233 K a temperature readily accessible by Peltier coolers. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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