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Quantum design of active semiconductor materials for targeted wavelengths: a predictive design tool for edge emitters and OPSLs
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Paper Abstract

Performance metrics of every class of semiconductor amplifier or laser system depend critically on semiconductor QW optical properties such as photoluminescence (PL), gain and recombination losses (radiative and nonradiative). Current practice in amplifier or laser design assumes phenomenological parameterized models for these critical optical properties and has to rely on experimental measurement to extract model fit parameters. In this tutorial, I will present an overview of a powerful and sophisticated first-principles quantum design approach that allows one to extract these critical optical properties without relying on prior experimental measurement. It will be shown that an end device L-I characteristic can be predicted with the only input being intrinsic background losses, extracted from cut-back experiments. We will show that textbook and literature models of semiconductor amplifiers and lasers are seriously flawed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2008
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6871, Solid State Lasers XVII: Technology and Devices, 687113 (14 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.768525
Show Author Affiliations
Jerome V. Moloney, Nonlinear Control Strategies (United States)
College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Joerg Hader, Nonlinear Control Strategies (United States)
College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Stephan W Koch, Univ. of Marburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6871:
Solid State Lasers XVII: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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