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Quantum cascade lasers on silicon
Author(s): Alexander Spott; Jon Peters; Michael L. Davenport; Eric J. Stanton; Chong Zhang; William W. Bewley; Charles D. Merritt; Igor Vurgaftman; Chul Soo Kim; Jerry R. Meyer; Jeremy Kirch; Luke J. Mawst; Dan Botez; John E. Bowers
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Paper Abstract

Silicon integration of mid-infrared (MIR) photonic devices promises to enable low-cost, compact sensing and detection capabilities that are compatible with existing silicon photonic and silicon electronic technologies. Heterogeneous integration by bonding III-V wafers to silicon waveguides has been employed previously to build integrated diode lasers for wavelengths from 1310 to 2010 nm. Recently, Fabry-Perot Quantum Cascade Lasers integrated on silicon provided a 4800 nm light source for MIR silicon photonic applications. Distributed feedback (DFB) lasers are appealing for many high-sensitivity chemical spectroscopic sensing applications that require a single frequency, narrow-linewidth MIR source. While heterogeneously integrated 1550 nm DFB lasers have been demonstrated by introducing a shallow surface grating on a silicon waveguide within the active region, no mid-infrared DFB laser on silicon had previously been reported. Here we demonstrate quantum cascade DFB lasers heterogeneously integrated with silicon-on-nitride-oninsulator (SONOI) waveguides. These lasers emit over 200 mW of pulsed power at room temperature and operate up to 100 °C. Although the output is not single mode, the DFB grating nonetheless imposes wavelength selectivity with 22 nm of thermal tuning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10123, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XVI, 101230I (20 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2248760
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Alexander Spott, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Jon Peters, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Michael L. Davenport, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Eric J. Stanton, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Chong Zhang, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
William W. Bewley, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Charles D. Merritt, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Igor Vurgaftman, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Chul Soo Kim, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jerry R. Meyer, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jeremy Kirch, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Luke J. Mawst, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Dan Botez, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
John E. Bowers, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10123:
Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XVI
Alexey A. Belyanin; Peter M. Smowton, Editor(s)

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