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Facet reflectivity reduction of quantum cascade lasers by tilted facets
Author(s): S. I. Ahn; C. Schwarzer; S. Kalchmair; R. Gansch; D. Ristanic; T. Zederbauer; P. Reiniger; H. Detz; A. M. Andrews; W. Schrenk; G. Strasser
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Paper Abstract

The authors present a technique to reduce the facet reflectivity in quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) by tilted facets. In order to minimize the Fabry-Pérot resonances, the feedback from the laser facets into the cavity must be minimized. Due to intersubband selection rules, the light generated inside QCLs is TM polarized. This polarization purity in QCLs enables the reduction of the facet reflectivity through the angle of light incidence at the laser facet. We observed a maximum threshold current density when the facet is tilted 17° towards the surface normal. This is in agreement with the calculated Brewster's angle for the QCL heterostructure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8432, Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics V, 84320L (15 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.922417
Show Author Affiliations
S. I. Ahn, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
C. Schwarzer, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
S. Kalchmair, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
R. Gansch, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
D. Ristanic, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
T. Zederbauer, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
P. Reiniger, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
H. Detz, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
A. M. Andrews, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
W. Schrenk, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)
G. Strasser, Vienna Univ. of Technology (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8432:
Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics V
Krassimir Panajotov; Marc Sciamanna; Angel Valle; Rainer Michalzik, Editor(s)

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