Wavelength-tunable, GaSb-based, cascaded type-I quantum-well laser emitting over a range of 300 nm

Nikolai B. Chichkov, Amit Yadav, Evgeny Zherebtsov, Meng Wang, Gela Kipshidze, Gregory Belenky, Leon Shterengas, Edik U. Rafailov

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We present a wavelength-tunable, external-cavity GaSb-based quantum-well laser operating near 3.2 μm. The laser setup consists of an intra-cavity grating in Littman-Metcalf configuration and a cascade pumped GaSb-based gain chip with a narrow-ridge waveguide. The narrow-ridge waveguide has a length of 2 mm and width of 7.5 μm. Cascade pumping is realized with three type-I quantum-wells, using one quantum-well per cascade stage. The laser provides continuous-wave output powers up to 8 mW and slope-efficiencies of 13 % at room temperature. Laser operation is demonstrated over a wavelength range of more than 300 nm, using continuous-wave and pulsed operation regimes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1941 - 1943
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number22
Early online date1 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2018

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Funding: National Science Foundation (Grant Number: ECCS-1408126US), Basic Energy Sciences (Grant Number: DESC0012704), Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung


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