Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 37, Issue 12, pp 1780–1785

Interband Cascade Lasers with Wavelengths Spanning 2.9 μm to 5.2 μm

  • C.L. Canedy
  • W.W. Bewley
  • J.R. Lindle
  • J.A. Nolde
  • D.C. Larrabee
  • C.S. Kim
  • M. Kim
  • I. Vurgaftman
  • J.R. Meyer
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11664-008-0444-1

Cite this article as:
Canedy, C., Bewley, W., Lindle, J. et al. Journal of Elec Materi (2008) 37: 1780. doi:10.1007/s11664-008-0444-1

Abstract

We report an experimental investigation of four interband cascade lasers with wavelengths spanning the mid-infrared spectral range, i.e., 2.9 μm to 5.2 μm, near room temperature in pulsed mode. One broad-area device had a pulsed threshold current density of only 3.8 A/cm2 at 78 K (λ = 3.6 μm) and 590  A/cm2 at 300 K (λ = 4.1 μm). The room-temperature threshold for the shortest-wavelength device (λ = 2.6 μm to 2.9 μm) was even lower, 450 A/cm2. A␣cavity-length study of the lasers emitting at 3.6 μm to 4.1 μm yielded an internal loss varying from 7.8 cm−1 at 78 K to 24 cm−1 at 300 K, accompanied by a decrease of the internal efficiency from 77% to 45%.

Keywords

Semiconductor lasersmid-infrared lasersinterband cascade lasersquantum wellstype II active regions

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C.L. Canedy
    • 1
  • W.W. Bewley
    • 1
  • J.R. Lindle
    • 1
  • J.A. Nolde
    • 1
  • D.C. Larrabee
    • 1
  • C.S. Kim
    • 1
  • M. Kim
    • 1
  • I. Vurgaftman
    • 1
  • J.R. Meyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Code 5613Naval Research LaboratoryWashingtonUSA