10 March 2015 Electrical diagnositics of quantum cascade lasers
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Proceedings Volume 9382, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XIV; 93821R (2015) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2076663
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2015, San Francisco, California, United States
The analysis of I-V and I-L curves in mid-IR quantum cascade lasers operating at room temperature is performed. When the ohmic component of the device resistance in the I-V curve is subtracted, the current I can be approximated by the exponential function, I = Is exp(eVj/ε) where Is is the saturation current, Vj is the n-n junction voltage, and ε is an energy parameter related to the tunneling mechanism which enables filling of upper states and emptying of lower states of the laser transition. Values of εare found to be in 0.68-1.45 eV range, and when divided by the number of stages in the cascade, the tunneling parameter of each stage is determined. The threshold related “kink” of differential I-V curves is shown. The effect of voltage saturation above the laser threshold is observed. Thus, the possibility of determination of the threshold using electrical measurements in quantum cascade lasers has been demonstrated.
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Peter G. Eliseev, Chi Yang, Tim C. Newell, Ron Kaspi, "Electrical diagnositics of quantum cascade lasers", Proc. SPIE 9382, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XIV, 93821R (10 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2076663; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2076663


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