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An indirectly pumped terahertz quantum cascade laser with low injection coupling strength operating above 150 K
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10.1063/1.4807580
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Image of FIG. 1.
FIG. 1.

Schematic diagram of a scattering-assisted QCL active region based on a phonon-photon-phonon configuration. Throughout this paper and whatever the electric field, the states within a module are labeled in energy ascending order , , , , and . The solid lines show the forward scatterings, while the dashed lines indicate the back scatterings. Δ and Ω are the detuning and the coupling between states and , respectively. The green lines indicate the correct injection and extraction, while the red lines show the wrong injection and extraction in each module. and are the ULS and LLS, respectively.

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FIG. 2.

Conduction band diagram and the moduli squared of wavefunctions of the THz 3P-QCL, V845, at 21 kV/cm. The “+” signs denote the position of Si doping in each module. The intersubband lifetimes by LO-phonon emission are given at the resonant in-plane kinetic energy.

Image of FIG. 3.
FIG. 3.

The 4-level RE simulation results of the structure presented in Fig. 2 . (a) Different characteristic times at 20 K ( , thick blue lines). The scattering time presented in figure are defined as follows: is tunneling time (solid line), (dotted line), and (dashed dotted line) are the transit times—excluding the tunneling time—across the four wells before and after threshold, respectively; is injection state lifetime (dashed line); and is the effective lifetime (dashed dotted dotted line). (b)Normalized populations of the four states at 20 K (thick blue lines) and 150 K (thin red lines) lattice temperatures and the population inversion ( ) at 20 K (blue solid circles) and 150 K (red solid circles), (c)Current density, lasing frequency (dashed line), and optical gain-bandwidth product vs electric field at 20 and 150 K lattice temperatures.

Image of FIG. 4.
FIG. 4.

Left axis: The bias voltage of THz 3 P-QCL V845 versus the current density, (a) device A (b) device B. The short vertical arrows show the change in the slope of the V-J curves at laser threshold and the lowest temperature (10 K for device A or 7.8 K for device B). Right axis: Collected THz light (optical output power) versus current density at different heat sink temperatures. Since the measurement set-up and the waveguide properties are different, the collected light, the maximum current density, and the threshold current are different in plots (a) and (b). Drop voltage on device B is higher than on device A, the latter having the top 100 nm contact GaAs layer hence, a top Schottky contact with a short depleted region ( ).

Image of FIG. 5.
FIG. 5.

Maximum current density and threshold current density as functions of heat sink temperature for devices A and B. The dashed line shows the result of a 5-level rate equation simulation assuming a constant product .

Image of FIG. 6.
FIG. 6.

THz spectra recorded for different biases and temperatures. The current density, the applied voltage bias, and voltage drop per module are reported in the figure. Spectrum at 150 K was collected from device B while all other spectra were measured from device A.

Image of FIG. 7.
FIG. 7.

The current density vs electric field were calculated by using a 5-level first-order rate equation formalism at 10 K for lasing (red) and non-lasing (blue) devices. The green, pink, and cyan lines represent the leakage currents from the wrong extraction -, and the wrong injections -, , respectively. The vertical dashed lines were plotted to determine the first NDR and threshold voltage of the device at 10 K. The black dashed line shows the current density by using the second-order model of tunneling. The experimental curve of device A, shown as an orange dotted line, was measured at 10 K for comparison.

Image of FIG. 8.
FIG. 8.

Conduction band diagram and the moduli squared of wavefunctions of V845 at 7.7 kV/cm. States in left module (upstream), middle module, and right module (downstream) are represented by subscripts , and + 1, respectively. The extraction state () of each module is in resonance with state () of next module at an electric field of 7.7 kV/cm.

Image of FIG. 9.
FIG. 9.

Left axis: The differential resistance of non-lasing (the red dashed line) and lasing (solid lines with symbols) device A versus current density at different temperatures. The L-J measurement results are also plotted (right scale) to determine the threshold current at each temperature.

Image of FIG. 10.
FIG. 10.

Symboled lines are the cavity loss × gain bandwidth products of device A, calculated by a 4-level RE model, at different lattice temperatures () and for two electron temperatures, , such as , 100 K. The solid lines are the peak gain × gain bandwidth products vs lattice temperature at 19.7 kV/cm calculated by the RE model.

Image of FIG. 11.
FIG. 11.

Current densities at different lattice temperatures, calculated with the NEGF method. is located at 19.3 kV/cm. The experimental curve of the non-lasing device, shown as an orange dotted line, was measured at 4.2 K for comparison.

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FIG. 12.

Carrier densities at (a) 18.7 kV/cm and (b) 19.3 kV/cm. Current is peaked at the bias in (b), although the tunneling resonance is greater in (a).

Image of FIG. 13.
FIG. 13.

(a) The detuning energy between extraction and injection states , the energy differences of the extraction , the injection and the energy spacing of the main leakage channel . (b) Population densities of the injection , upper laser , lower laser and extraction states. At electric fields where and are almost degenerate, the average value of and is shown.

Image of FIG. 14.
FIG. 14.

The gain spectrum of the structure near the NDR and for different lattice temperatures. At 50 K, the gain spectrum at lower electric field is also plotted to show the red shift in the spectrum.

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Scitation: An indirectly pumped terahertz quantum cascade laser with low injection coupling strength operating above 150 K
http://aip.metastore.ingenta.com/content/aip/journal/jap/113/20/10.1063/1.4807580
10.1063/1.4807580
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