First results on the epilayer-side mounting of quantum cascade (QC) lasers are presented. Operated in continuous-wave (CW) mode, these lasers are superior to substrate-bonded devices. The maximum CW temperature is raised by 20 K (up to 175 K), and, at comparable heat sink temperatures, the performance with respect to threshold current, output power, and slope efficiency is greatly improved for the epilayer-side mounted devices. QC-laser-specific mounting procedures are discussed in this letter, such as the high reflectivity coating of the back-facet and the front-facet cleaving after mounting. Modeling of the temperature distribution inside the QC laser shows a strong temperature gradient within the active waveguide core, which partly explains the still low maximum CW operating temperatures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering