The facet temperature profile and the thermal resistance of operating quantum-cascade lasers (QCLs) have been assessed using a microprobe band-to-band photoluminescence technique. Substrate-side and epilayer-side-mounted QCLs based on GaInAs/AlInAs/InP and GaAs/AlGaAs material systems have been compared. The dependence of the thermal resistance on the CW or pulsed injection conditions and its correlation with the output power have been studied. These results were used as inputs for a two-dimensional heat-diffusion model which gives the heat fluxes and the thermal conductivity of the active regions, in order to design QCLs with improved thermal properties.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering