3 February 2009 Coherence and beam shaping in quantum cascade lasers
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Abstract
Mid-infrared beam shaping concepts are presented, which rely on coherent emission from QCLs. Grating coupled surface emitting quantum cascade ring lasers allow for far-field tuning, ranging from highly symmetric spot- to ringshaped beam patterns, depending on the grating period. In single-mode operation, the devices exhibit low beam divergence, represented by a full width at half maximum of ~3°. Moreover, a tree shaped resonator is investigated, which enables coherent parallel coupling of six laser elements into a single waveguide by means of several Y-junctions. The lasers were investigated in terms of optical power, near and far field characterization. Phase-locking was observed and leads to in-phase emission on both sides of the devices. Both concepts demonstrate the feasibility of high-brightness midinfrared quantum cascade lasers with prospective applications in spectroscopy and high power laser arrays.
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E. Mujagić, E. Mujagić, L. K. Hoffmann, L. K. Hoffmann, S. Schartner, S. Schartner, M. Nobile, M. Nobile, H. Detz, H. Detz, D. Andrijasevic, D. Andrijasevic, M. Austerer, M. Austerer, W. Schrenk, W. Schrenk, A. M. Andrews, A. M. Andrews, P. Klang, P. Klang, M. P. Semtisiv, M. P. Semtisiv, W. T. Masselink, W. T. Masselink, G. Strasser, G. Strasser, "Coherence and beam shaping in quantum cascade lasers", Proc. SPIE 7230, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers VIII, 723015 (3 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808466; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.808466
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