Split-well resonant-phonon terahertz quantum cascade laser

Shiran Levy, Nathalie Lander Gower, Silvia Piperno, Sadhvikas J. Addamane, John L. Reno, Asaf Albo

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We present a highly diagonal “split-well resonant-phonon” (SWRP) active region design for GaAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As terahertz quantum cascade lasers (THz-QCLs). Negative differential resistance is observed at room temperature, which indicates the suppression of thermally activated leakage channels. The overlap between the doped region and the active level states is reduced relative to that of the split-well direct-phonon (SWDP) design. The energy gap between the lower laser level (LLL) and the injector is kept at 36 meV, enabling a fast depopulation of the LLL. Within this work, we investigated the temperature performance and potential of this structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22274-22283
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Issue number14
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2023

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Acknowledgments. The authors would like to acknowledge the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology for their grants. The data of this research was taken at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc., for the U.S. DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA-0003525. The views expressed in the article do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. DOE or the United States Government.

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U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Science
National Nuclear Security AdministrationDE-NA-0003525
Israel Science Foundation
Ministry of science and technology, Israel


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