Injection locking of a semiconductor double-quantum-dot micromaser

Y. Y. Liu, J. Stehlik, M. J. Gullans, J. M. Taylor, J. R. Petta

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The semiconductor double-quantum-dot (DQD) micromaser generates photons through single-electron tunneling events. Charge noise couples to the DQD energy levels, resulting in a maser linewidth that is 100 times larger than the Schawlow-Townes prediction. We demonstrate linewidth narrowing by more than a factor of 10 using injection locking. The injection locking range is measured as a function of input power and is shown to be in excellent agreement with the Adler equation. The position and amplitude of distortion sidebands that appear outside of the injection locking range are quantitatively examined. Our results show that this unconventional maser, which is impacted by strong charge noise and electron-phonon coupling, is well described by standard laser models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number053802
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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