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Extreme triple asymmetric (ETAS) epitaxial designs for increased efficiency at high powers in 9xx-nm diode lasers
Author(s): T. Kaul; G. Erbert; A. Maaßdorf; D. Martin; P. Crump
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Paper Abstract

Broad area lasers that are tailored to be most efficient at the highest achievable optical output power are sought by industry to decrease operation costs and improve system performance. Devices using Extreme-Double-ASymmetric (EDAS) epitaxial designs are promising candidates for improved efficiency at high optical output powers due to low series resistance, low optical loss and low carrier leakage. However, EDAS designs leverage ultra-thin p-side waveguides, meaning that the optical mode is shifted into the n-side waveguide, resulting in a low optical confinement in the active region, low gain and hence high threshold current, limiting peak performance. We introduce here explicit design considerations that enable EDAS-based devices to be developed with increased optical confinement in the active layer without changing the p-side layer thicknesses. Specifically, this is realized by introducing a third asymmetric component in the vicinity of the quantum well. We call this approach Extreme-Triple-ASymmetric (ETAS) design. A series of ETAS-based vertical designs were fabricated into broad area lasers that deliver up to 63% power conversion efficiency at 14 W CW optical output power from a 100 μm stripe laser, which corresponds to the operation point of a kW optical output power in a laser bar. The design process, the impact of structural changes on power saturation mechanisms and finally devices with improved performance will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10514, High-Power Diode Laser Technology XVI, 105140A (27 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2288284
Show Author Affiliations
T. Kaul, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
G. Erbert, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
A. Maaßdorf, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
D. Martin, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
P. Crump, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10514:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology XVI
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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