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Towards AlN optical cladding layers for thermal management in hybrid lasers
Author(s): Ian Mathews; Shenghui Lei; Kevin Nolan; Guillaume Levaufre; Alexandre Shen; Guang-Hua Duan; Brian Corbett; Ryan Enright
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Paper Abstract

Aluminium Nitride (AlN) is proposed as a dual function optical cladding and thermal spreading layer for hybrid ridge lasers, replacing current benzocyclobutene (BCB) encapsulation. A high thermal conductivity material placed in intimate contact with the Multi-Quantum Well active region of the laser allows rapid heat removal at source but places a number of constraints on material selection. AlN is considered the most suitable due to its high thermal conductivity when deposited at low deposition temperatures, similar co-efficient of thermal expansion to InP, its suitable refractive index and its dielectric nature. We have previously simulated the possible reduction in the thermal resistance of a hybrid ridge laser by replacing the BCB cladding material with a material of higher thermal conductivity of up to 319 W/mK. Towards this goal, we demonstrate AlN thin-films deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering on InP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9520, Integrated Photonics: Materials, Devices, and Applications III, 95200J (1 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178924
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Ian Mathews, Bell Labs. (Ireland)
Shenghui Lei, Bell Labs. (Ireland)
Kevin Nolan, Bell Labs. (Ireland)
Guillaume Levaufre, III-V Lab. (France)
Alexandre Shen, III-V Lab. (France)
Guang-Hua Duan, III-V Lab (France)
Brian Corbett, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Ryan Enright, Bell Labs. Research Ctr. Ireland (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9520:
Integrated Photonics: Materials, Devices, and Applications III
Jean-Marc Fédéli, Editor(s)

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