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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 15869–15877

Enhanced light output power of quantum cascade lasers from a tilted front facet

Sangil Ahn, Clemens Schwarzer, Tobias Zederbauer, Hermann Detz, Aaron M. Andrews, Werner Schrenk, and Gottfried Strasser  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 13, pp. 15869-15877 (2013)

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We present a technique for enhancing the light output power of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) by tilting of the front facet, which leads to a change of the modal reflectivity, resulting in an asymmetric light intensity distribution along the laser cavity. This asymmetry provides most of the light being emitted through one facet of the laser. An experimental study of threshold current, slope efficiency and light output power as a function of the front facet angles were performed and compared to conventional QCLs. The lasers with a front facet angle of 8° shows a 20% improved power output from the front facet.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization
(140.5965) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers, quantum cascade

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 18, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 28, 2013
Published: June 25, 2013

Sangil Ahn, Clemens Schwarzer, Tobias Zederbauer, Hermann Detz, Aaron M. Andrews, Werner Schrenk, and Gottfried Strasser, "Enhanced light output power of quantum cascade lasers from a tilted front facet," Opt. Express 21, 15869-15877 (2013)

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