II–VI quantum cascade emitters in the 6–8 μm range

Thor A. Garcia, Joel De Jesus, Arvind P. Ravikumar, Claire F. Gmachl, Maria C. Tamargo

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We present the growth and characterization of ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe quantum cascade (QC) heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and designed to operate at 6–8 μm. These structures utilize the better-understood ZnCdMgSe with InP lattice matched compositions yielding a bandgap of 2.80 eV as compared to previous work which used ZnCdMgSe compositions with bandgaps at 3.00 eV. Grown structures posses good structural and optical properties evidenced in X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence studies. Fabricated mesa devices show temperature dependent I–V measurements with differential resistance of 3.6 Ω, and a turn on voltage of 11 V consistent with design specifications. Electroluminescence was observed in these devices up to room temperature with emission centered at 7.1 μm and line-widths of ∼16% (ΔE/E) at 80 K. The results show that these are well-behaved electroluminescent structures. Addition of waveguide layers and further improvements in well barrier interfaces are being pursued in efforts to demonstrate lasing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1494-1497
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • II–VI semiconductors
  • ZnCdMgSe
  • ZnCdSe
  • quantum cascade lasers
  • semiconductor lasers


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