Single-mode quantum cascade lasers employing asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer type cavities

Peter Q. Liu, Xiaojun Wang, Claire F. Gmachl

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Abstract

We employ properly designed asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer structures as effective wavelength filters and monolithically integrate them in conventional Fabry-Perot cavities to facilitate single-mode operation of the lasers. With such asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer type laser cavities, continuously tunable single-mode operation of quantum cascade (QC) lasers is achieved in pulsed mode from 80 K up to room temperature and in continuous-wave mode with side-mode suppression ratio up to ∼35 dB. These devices are fabricated with the same process as simple ridge lasers, therefore providing a promising solution to achieving more cost-effective single-mode QC lasers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number161115
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume101
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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