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Analysis of thermally activated leakage current in a low-threshold-current quantum-cascade laser emitting at 3.9 μm
Author(s): Yuri V. Flores; Grygorii Monastyrskyi; Mikaela Elagin; Mykhaylo P. Semtsiv; W. Ted Masselink
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Paper Abstract

The leakage current in two quantum-cascade (QCL) structures is measured and analyzed. The structures illustrate a new design feature, exploiting the interface roughness scattering at the well/barrier interfaces to intentionally shorten the lifetime of the lower laser state while increasing that of the upper laser state. By using low barriers where the upper laser state has its maximum probability and high barriers where the lower laser state has its maximal probability in strain-compensated designs for short wavelength emission, the lifetime of the upper laser state can be increased, while decreasing the lifetime of the lower laser state. First realizations of this design result in Jth = 1.7 kA/cm2 at 300 K, slope efficiency η = 1.4 W/A, T0 = 175 K, and T1 = 550 K for lasers emitting at 3.9 μm. A further analysis allows the extraction of the leakage current into higher minibands from the temperature dependence of the threshold current density and to reconstruct the energies of the higher-lying states from this current. The modeling includes the thermal population of LO phonons that drive the leakage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8640, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XII, 86401S (6 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2002590
Show Author Affiliations
Yuri V. Flores, Humboldt-Univ. zu Berlin (Germany)
Grygorii Monastyrskyi, Humboldt-Univ. zu Berlin (Germany)
Mikaela Elagin, Humboldt-Univ. zu Berlin (Germany)
Mykhaylo P. Semtsiv, Humboldt-Univ. zu Berlin (Germany)
W. Ted Masselink, Humboldt-Univ .zu Berlin (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8640:
Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XII
Alexey A. Belyanin; Peter M. Smowton, Editor(s)

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