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Chinese Optics Letters

Chinese Optics Letters

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  • Editor: Zhizhan Xu
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2011
  • pp: 110003–

Quantum cascade lasers operating from 1.4 to 4 THz (Invited Paper)

Sushil Kumar  »View Author Affiliations


Chinese Optics Letters, Vol. 9, Issue 11, pp. 110003- (2011)


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Abstract

The development of teranertz (THz) quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) has progressed considerably since their advent almost a decade ago. THz QCLs operating in a frequency range from 1.4 to 4 THz with electron-phonon scattering mediated depopulation schemes are described. Several different types of GaAs/AlGaAs superlattice designs are reviewed. Some of the best temperature performances are obtained by the so-called resonant-phonon designs that are described. Operation above a temperature of 160 K has been obtained across the spectrum for THz QCLs operating at ν >1.8 THz. The maximum operating temperature of previously reported THz QCLs has empirically been limited to a value of ~ħѡ/kB. A new design scheme for THz QCLs with scattering-assisted injection is shown to surpass this empirical temperature barrier, and is promising to improve the maximum operating temperatures of THz QCLs even further.

© 2011 Chinese Optics Letters

OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.5965) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers, quantum cascade

ToC Category:
Sources and mechanisms of terahertz radiation

Citation
Sushil Kumar, "Quantum cascade lasers operating from 1.4 to 4 THz (Invited Paper)," Chin. Opt. Lett. 9, 110003- (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/col/abstract.cfm?URI=col-9-11-110003

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