Proceedings PaperProjections For Short Wavelength Semiconductor Laser Development
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Projections of short wavelength semiconductor laser performance are based primarily on historical charts covering progress in eight different aspects of laser technology. Most of these improvements are common to lasers of all wavelengths, but some may have special relevance to the short wavelength limits. Examples are metal-organic chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy methods of crystal growth. However, to date, the short wavelength limits of reliable lasers have been set within the "traditional" technology of liquid phase epitaxy in the GaAlAs materials system. Fairly reliable projections are made in this system to 1985 and less reliable projections beyond 1985 in other III V materials systems. Some discussion of the possibility of lasing at short wavelengths in other material systems is included.