Therefore, in this work, we propose and investigate the use of AlInN material system as an alternative for mid-UV lasers. Nanostructure engineering by the use of AlInN-delta-GaN QW has been performed to enable dominant conduction band – HH sub-band transition as well as optimized electron-hole wave function overlap. The insertion of the ultra-thin delta-GaN layer, which is lattice-matched to Al0.82In0.18N layer, would localize the wave functions strongly toward the center of the active region, leading to large transverse electric (TE) polarized optical gain (gTE) for λ~ 250- 300 nm. From our finding, the use of AlInN-delta-GaN QW resulted in ~ 3-times enhancement in TE-polarized optical gain, in comparison to that of conventional AlGaN QW, for gain media emitting at ~ 255 nm. The peak emission wavelength can be tuned by varying the delta layer thickness while maintaining large TE gain. Specifically, gTE ~ 3700 cm-1 was obtained for λ ~ 280-300 nm, which are very challenging for conventional AlGaN QW active region.
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Cheng Liu, Yu Kee Ooi, Jing Zhang, "Large TE polarized optical gain from AlInN-delta-GaN quantum well for ultraviolet lasers," Proc. SPIE 9767, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XV, 97670F (7 March 2016);