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Reliability of high-power AlGaAs/GaAs QW laser diodes
Author(s): Ferdynand P. Dabkowski; D. R. Pendse; Richard J. Barrett; Aland K. Chin; Richard A. Jollay; Edward M. Clausen Jr.; L. C. Hughes; Neil B. Sanders
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Paper Abstract

High power laser diodes have been continuously gaining more practical applications. In the majority of these applications, device performance is a determining factor. However, device reliability determines whether a laser diode can be successfully introduced in a commercial product. We review some device reliability problems and their solutions found through customer experience while supplying packaged high power AlGaAs/GaAs quantum well laser diodes, utilized in medical, high resolution printers. The reliability problems were related to either photo-induced chemical reactions on the output facet leading to visible optical damage or the propensity of the material to rapidly develop dark line defects. To improve the reliability of high power laser diodes, we have performed numerous aging studies, followed by detailed failure mode analysis. Both hermetically packaged devices and devices exposed to air ambient were evaluated. The devices whose parameters deteriorated during aging were examined with optical microscopy, infrared microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Auger spectroscopy, residual gas analysis and also electron beam induced current. We report the results of the failure mode analysis and suggest solutions to eliminate failures of high power laser diodes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 1996
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2886, Semiconductor Lasers II, (24 September 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.251887
Show Author Affiliations
Ferdynand P. Dabkowski, Polaroid Corp. (United States)
D. R. Pendse, Polaroid Corp. (United States)
Richard J. Barrett, Polaroid Corp. (United States)
Aland K. Chin, Polaroid Corp. (United States)
Richard A. Jollay, Polaroid Corp. (United States)
Edward M. Clausen Jr., Polaroid Corp. (United States)
L. C. Hughes, Polaroid Corp. (United States)
Neil B. Sanders, Polaroid Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2886:
Semiconductor Lasers II
Siamak Forouhar; Qiming Wang, Editor(s)

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