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Simulation and optimization of 420-nm InGaN/GaN laser diodes
Author(s): Joachim Piprek; R. Kehl Sink; Monica A. Hansen; John Edward Bowers; Steven P. DenBaars
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Paper Abstract

Using self-consistent laser simulation, we analyze the performance of nitride Fabry-Perot laser diodes grown on sapphire. The active region contains three 4 nm InGaN quantum wells. It is sandwiched between GaN separate confinement layers and superlattice AlGaN/GaN cladding layers. AlGaN is used as an electron barrier layer. Pulsed lasing is measured near 420 nm wavelength and at temperatures up to 120 degrees Celsius. Advanced laser simulation is applied to link microscopic device physics to measurable device performance. Our two-dimensional laser model considers carrier drift and diffusion including thermionic emission at hetero-boundaries. The local optical gain is calculated from the wurtzite band structure employing a non-Lorentzian line broadening model. All material parameters used in the model are evaluated based on recent literature values as well as our own experimental data. Simulation results are in good agreement with measurements. Multi-lateral mode lasing is calculated with a high order vertical mode. The carrier distribution among quantum wells is found to be strongly non-uniform leading to a parasitic (absorbing) quantum well. The influence of defect recombination, vertical carrier leakage and lateral current spreading is investigated. The reduction of such carrier losses is important to achieve lower threshold currents and less self-heating. Several device optimization options are proposed. Elimination of the parasitic quantum well is shown to substantially enhance the device performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3944, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VIII, (14 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391430
Show Author Affiliations
Joachim Piprek, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
R. Kehl Sink, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Monica A. Hansen, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
John Edward Bowers, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Steven P. DenBaars, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3944:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VIII
Rolf H. Binder; Peter Blood; Marek Osinski, Editor(s)

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