We present finite difference thermal modeling to predict temperature distribution, heat flux, and thermal resistance inside lasers with different waveguide geometries. We provide a quantitative experimental and theoretical comparison of the thermal behavior of shallow-ridge (SR) and buried-heterostructure (BH) lasers. We investigate the influence of a split heat source to describe p-layer Joule heating and nonradiative energy loss in the active layer and the heat-sinking from top as well as bottom when quantifying thermal impedance. From both measured values and numerical modeling we can quantify the thermal resistance for BH lasers and SR lasers, showing an improved thermal performance from 50K/W to 30K/W for otherwise equivalent BH laser designs.
V. Rustichelli, F. Lemaître, H. P. M. M. Ambrosius, R. Brenot, and K. A. Williams, "Thermal comparison of buried-heterostructure and shallow-ridge lasers," Proc. SPIE 10526, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXVI, 105261E (Presented at SPIE OPTO: February 01, 2018; Published: 23 February 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2289596.
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