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  1. External cavity quantum cascade laser

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    In this paper we review the progress of the development of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) operated in an external cavity configuration. We concentrate on QCLs based on the bound-to-continuum design, since this design is especially suitable for broadband applications. Since they were first demonstrated, these laser-based tunable sources have improved in performance in terms of output power, duty cycle, operation temperature and tuneability. Nowadays they are an interesting alternative to FTIRs for some applications. They operate at room temperature, feature a high spectral resolution while being small in size. They were successfully used in different absorption spectroscopy techniques. Due to their vast potential for applications in industry, medicine, security and research, these sources enjoy increasing interest within the research community as well as in industry. (topical review)

  2. High brightness angled cavity quantum cascade lasers

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    A quantum cascade laser (QCL) with an output power of 203 W is demonstrated in pulsed mode at 283 K with an angled cavity. The device has a ridge width of 300 μm, a cavity length of 5.8 mm, and a tilt angle of 12°. The back facet is high reflection coated, and the front facet is anti-reflection coated. The emitting wavelength is around 4.8 μm. In distinct contrast to a straight cavity broad area QCL, the lateral far field is single lobed with a divergence angle of only 3°. An ultrahigh brightness value of 156 MW cm−2 sr−1 is obtained, which marks the brightest QCL to date

  3. High brightness angled cavity quantum cascade lasers

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    Heydari, D.; Bai, Y.; Bandyopadhyay, N.; Slivken, S.; Razeghi, M., E-mail: razeghi@eecs.northwestern.edu [Center for Quantum Devices, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States)

    2015-03-02

    A quantum cascade laser (QCL) with an output power of 203 W is demonstrated in pulsed mode at 283 K with an angled cavity. The device has a ridge width of 300 μm, a cavity length of 5.8 mm, and a tilt angle of 12°. The back facet is high reflection coated, and the front facet is anti-reflection coated. The emitting wavelength is around 4.8 μm. In distinct contrast to a straight cavity broad area QCL, the lateral far field is single lobed with a divergence angle of only 3°. An ultrahigh brightness value of 156 MW cm{sup −2 }sr{sup −1} is obtained, which marks the brightest QCL to date.

  4. External cavity coherent quantum cascade laser array

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    Vallon, Raphael; Parvitte, Bertrand; Bizet, Laurent; De Naurois, Guy Mael; Simozrag, Bouzid; Maisons, Grégory; Carras, Mathieu; Zeninari, Virginie

    2016-05-01

    We report on the development of a coherent quantum cascade laser array that consists in the fabrication of multi-stripes array. The main characteristic of this kind of source is that an anti-symmetrical signature with two lobes is obtained in the far field. Taking advantage of this drawback, a grating is aligned with one lobe of the source. Thus a Littrow configuration is designed that permit to obtain a wide tunability of the source. First results are presented and a preliminary test of the source is realized by measurements on acetone.

  5. Coupled cavity terahertz quantum cascade lasers with integrated emission monitoring.

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    Krall, Michael; Martl, Michael; Bachmann, Dominic; Deutsch, Christoph; Andrews, Aaron M; Schrenk, Werner; Strasser, Gottfried; Unterrainer, Karl

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate the on-chip generation and detection of terahertz radiation in coupled cavity systems using a single semiconductor heterostructure. Multiple sections of a terahertz quantum cascade laser structure in a double-metal waveguide are optically coupled and operate either as a laser or an integrated emission monitor. A detailed analysis of the photon-assisted carrier transport in the active region below threshold reveals the detection mechanism for photons emitted by the very same structure above threshold. Configurations with a single laser cavity and two coupled laser cavities are studied. It is shown that the integrated detector can be used for spatial sensing of the light intensity within a coupled cavity. PMID:25836210

  6. Continuous wave room temperature external ring cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Revin, D. G.; Hemingway, M.; Vaitiekus, D.; Cockburn, J.W.; Hempler, N.; Maker, G.T.; Malcolm, G.P.A.

    2015-01-01

    An external ring cavity quantum cascade laser operating at ∼5.2 μm wavelength in a continuous-wave regime at the temperature of 15 °C is demonstrated. Out-coupled continuous-wave optical powers of up to 23 mW are observed for light of one propagation direction with an estimated total intra-cavity optical power flux in excess of 340 mW. The uni-directional regime characterized by the intensity ratio of more than 60 for the light propagating in the opposite directions was achieved. A single emi...

  7. High-Q resonant cavities for terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

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    Campa, A; Consolino, L; Ravaro, M; Mazzotti, D; Vitiello, M S; Bartalini, S; De Natale, P

    2015-02-01

    We report on the realization and characterization of two different designs for resonant THz cavities, based on wire-grid polarizers as input/output couplers, and injected by a continuous-wave quantum cascade laser (QCL) emitting at 2.55 THz. A comparison between the measured resonators parameters and the expected theoretical values is reported. With achieved quality factor Q ≈ 2.5 × 10(5), these cavities show resonant peaks as narrow as few MHz, comparable with the typical Doppler linewidth of THz molecular transitions and slightly broader than the free-running QCL emission spectrum. The effects of the optical feedback from one cavity to the QCL are examined by using the other cavity as a frequency reference. PMID:25836227

  8. Continuous wave room temperature external ring cavity quantum cascade laser

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    An external ring cavity quantum cascade laser operating at ∼5.2 μm wavelength in a continuous-wave regime at the temperature of 15 °C is demonstrated. Out-coupled continuous-wave optical powers of up to 23 mW are observed for light of one propagation direction with an estimated total intra-cavity optical power flux in excess of 340 mW. The uni-directional regime characterized by the intensity ratio of more than 60 for the light propagating in the opposite directions was achieved. A single emission peak wavelength tuning range of 90 cm−1 is realized by the incorporation of a diffraction grating into the cavity

  9. Linear cavity optical-feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy with a quantum cascade laser.

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    Bergin, A G V; Hancock, G; Ritchie, G A D; Weidmann, D

    2013-07-15

    A cw distributed feedback quantum cascade laser (DFB-QCL) coupled to a two-mirror linear optical cavity has been used to successfully demonstrate optical-feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (OF-CEAS) at 5.5 μm. The noise-equivalent absorption coefficient, α(min), was 2.4×10(-8) cm(-1) for 1 s averaging, limited by etalon-fringing. The temporal stability of the instrument allows NO detection down to 5 ppb in 2 s. PMID:23939085

  10. Rapid Swept-Wavelength External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser for Open Path Sensing

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    Brumfield, Brian E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2015-07-01

    A rapidly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser system is used for open path sensing. The system permits acquisition of transient absorption spectra over a 125 cm-1 tuning range in less than 0.01 s.

  11. Analysis of Trace Gas Mixtures Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser Sensor

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Brumfield, Brian E.; Kriesel, Jason M.

    2015-07-01

    We measure and analyze mixtures of trace gases at ppb-ppm levels using an external cavity quantum cascade laser sensor with a 1-second response time. Accurate spectral fits are obtained in the presence of overlapping spectra.

  12. Hyperspectral microscopy using an external cavity quantum cascade laser and its applications for explosives detection

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce E.

    2012-04-01

    A hyperspectral infrared microscope using external cavity quantum cascade laser illumination and a microbolometer focal plane array is used to characterize nanogram-scale particles of the explosives RDX, tetryl, and PETN at fast acquisition rates.

  13. Optimization of an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser for Chemical Sensing Applications

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Cannon, Bret D.; Schiffern, John T.; Myers, Tanya L.

    2010-03-01

    We describe and characterize an external cavity quantum cascade laser designed for detection of multiple airborne chemicals, and used with a compact astigmatic Herriott cell for sensing of acetone and hydrogen peroxide.

  14. Dynamics of a vertical cavity quantum cascade phonon laser structure

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    Maryam, W.; Akimov, A. V.; Campion, R. P.; Kent, Anthony

    2013-01-01

    Driven primarily by scientific curiosity, but also by the potential applications of intense sources of coherent sound, researchers have targeted the phonon laser (saser) since the invention of the optical laser over 50 years ago. Here we fabricate a vertical cavity structure designed to operate as a saser oscillator device at a frequency of 325 GHz. It is based on a semiconductor superlattice gain medium, inside a multimode cavity between two acoustic Bragg reflectors. We measure the acoustic...

  15. Optical-Feedback Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy with a Quantum Cascade Laser.

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    Maisons, G.; Gorrotxategi Carbajo, P.; Carras, M.; Romanini, D.

    2010-01-01

    Optical{feedback cavity{enhanced absorption spectroscopy is demonstrated in the mid{IR using a quantum cascade laser (emitting at 4.46 ¹m). The laser linewidth reduction and frequency locking by selective optical feedback from the resonant cavity ¯eld turns out to be particularly important in this spectral range: It allows strong cavity transmission which compensates for low light sensitivity, especially when using room temperature detectors. We obtain a noise equivalent absorption coe±cient ...

  16. Dynamics of a vertical cavity quantum cascade phonon laser structure

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    Maryam, W.; Akimov, A. V.; Campion, R. P.; Kent, A. J.

    2013-01-01

    Driven primarily by scientific curiosity, but also by the potential applications of intense sources of coherent sound, researchers have targeted the phonon laser (saser) since the invention of the optical laser over 50 years ago. Here we fabricate a vertical cavity structure designed to operate as a saser oscillator device at a frequency of 325 GHz. It is based on a semiconductor superlattice gain medium, inside a multimode cavity between two acoustic Bragg reflectors. We measure the acoustic output of the device as a function of time after applying electrical pumping. The emission builds in intensity reaching a steady state on a timescale of order 0.1 μs. We show that the results are consistent with a model of the dynamics of a saser cavity exactly analogous to the models used for describing laser dynamics. We also obtain estimates for the gain coefficient, steady-state acoustic power output and efficiency of the device. PMID:23884078

  17. Active Wavelength Control of an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Tsai, Tracy; Wysocki, Gerard

    2012-01-01

    We present an active wavelength control system for grating-based external cavity lasers that increases the accuracy of predicting the lasing wavelength based on the grating equation and significantly improves scan-to-scan wavelength/frequency repeatability. The ultimate 3σ precision of a frequency scan is determined by the scan-to-scan repeatability of 0.042 cm−1. Since this control method can be applied to any external cavity laser with little to no modification, such a precision provides an excellent opportunity for spectroscopic applications that target molecular absorption lines at standard atmospheric conditions. PMID:23483850

  18. Active Wavelength Control of an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Tsai, Tracy; Wysocki, Gerard

    2012-01-01

    We present an active wavelength control system for grating-based external cavity lasers that increases the accuracy of predicting the lasing wavelength based on the grating equation and significantly improves scan-to-scan wavelength/frequency repeatability. The ultimate 3σ precision of a frequency scan is determined by the scan-to-scan repeatability of 0.042 cm−1. Since this control method can be applied to any external cavity laser with little to no modification, such a precision provides an...

  19. Linewidth measurement of external grating cavity quantum cascade laser using saturation spectroscopy

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    Mukherjee, Nandini; Go, Rowel; Patel, C. Kumar N.

    2008-03-01

    A room temperature external grating cavity (EGC) quantum cascade laser (QCL) is characterized using saturation spectroscopy of NO2. The presence of two strong EGC QCL waveguide modes is evident from the saturation spectra. A linewidth of 21MHz for each EGC-QCL mode is measured from the width of the saturation peak at 10mTorr pressure of NO2.

  20. Intracavity Sensing via Compliance Voltage in an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.

    2012-07-01

    We demonstrate a technique for gas phase spectroscopy and sensing by detecting changes in compliance voltage of an external cavity quantum cascade laser due to intracavity absorption. The technique is characterized and used to measure the absorption spectrum of water vapor and Freon-134a.

  1. Active mode locking of quantum cascade lasers operating in external ring cavity

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    Revin, D G; Wang, Y; Cockburn, J W; Belyanin, A

    2015-01-01

    Stable ultrashort light pulses and frequency combs generated by mode-locked lasers have many important applications including high-resolution spectroscopy, fast chemical detection and identification, studies of ultrafast processes, and laser metrology. While compact mode-locked lasers emitting in the visible and near infrared range have revolutionized photonic technologies, the systems operating in the mid-infrared range where most gases have their strong absorption lines, are bulky and expensive and rely on nonlinear frequency down-conversion. Quantum cascade lasers are the most powerful and versatile compact light sources in the mid-infrared range, yet achieving their mode locked operation remains a challenge despite dedicated effort. Here we report the first demonstration of active mode locking of an external-cavity quantum cascade laser. The laser operates in the mode-locked regime at room temperature and over the full dynamic range of injection currents of a standard commercial laser chip.

  2. Electrically tunable terahertz quantum cascade lasers based on a two-sections interdigitated distributed feedback cavity

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    Turčinková, Dana; Scalari, Giacomo; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme [ETH Zurich, Institute for Quantum Electronics, Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Amanti, Maria Ines [ETH Zurich, Institute for Quantum Electronics, Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Univ. Paris Diderot, Lab. Matererk iaux et Phenomenes Quantiques, F-75205 Paris (France)

    2015-03-30

    The continuous electrical tuning of a single-mode terahertz quantum cascade laser operating at a frequency of 3 THz is demonstrated. The devices are based on a two-section interdigitated third-order distributed feedback cavity. The lasers can be tuned of about 4 GHz at a constant optical output power of 0.7 mW with a good far-field pattern.

  3. Electrically tunable terahertz quantum cascade lasers based on a two-sections interdigitated distributed feedback cavity

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    The continuous electrical tuning of a single-mode terahertz quantum cascade laser operating at a frequency of 3 THz is demonstrated. The devices are based on a two-section interdigitated third-order distributed feedback cavity. The lasers can be tuned of about 4 GHz at a constant optical output power of 0.7 mW with a good far-field pattern

  4. Active mode locking of quantum cascade lasers in an external ring cavity

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    Revin, D. G.; Hemingway, M.; Wang, Y.; Cockburn, J. W.; Belyanin, A.

    2016-05-01

    Stable ultrashort light pulses and frequency combs generated by mode-locked lasers have many important applications including high-resolution spectroscopy, fast chemical detection and identification, studies of ultrafast processes, and laser metrology. While compact mode-locked lasers emitting in the visible and near infrared range have revolutionized photonic technologies, the systems operating in the mid-infrared range where most gases have their strong absorption lines, are bulky and expensive and rely on nonlinear frequency down-conversion. Quantum cascade lasers are the most powerful and versatile compact light sources in the mid-infrared range, yet achieving their mode-locked operation remains a challenge, despite dedicated effort. Here we report the demonstration of active mode locking of an external-cavity quantum cascade laser. The laser operates in the mode-locked regime at room temperature and over the full dynamic range of injection currents.

  5. Active mode locking of quantum cascade lasers in an external ring cavity.

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    Revin, D G; Hemingway, M; Wang, Y; Cockburn, J W; Belyanin, A

    2016-01-01

    Stable ultrashort light pulses and frequency combs generated by mode-locked lasers have many important applications including high-resolution spectroscopy, fast chemical detection and identification, studies of ultrafast processes, and laser metrology. While compact mode-locked lasers emitting in the visible and near infrared range have revolutionized photonic technologies, the systems operating in the mid-infrared range where most gases have their strong absorption lines, are bulky and expensive and rely on nonlinear frequency down-conversion. Quantum cascade lasers are the most powerful and versatile compact light sources in the mid-infrared range, yet achieving their mode-locked operation remains a challenge, despite dedicated effort. Here we report the demonstration of active mode locking of an external-cavity quantum cascade laser. The laser operates in the mode-locked regime at room temperature and over the full dynamic range of injection currents. PMID:27147409

  6. Sensitive CH4 detection applying quantum cascade laser based optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy.

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    Lang, N; Macherius, U; Wiese, M; Zimmermann, H; Röpcke, J; van Helden, J H

    2016-03-21

    We report on sensitive detection of atmospheric methane employing quantum cascade laser based optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (OF-CEAS). An instrument has been built utilizing a continuous-wave distributed feedback quantum cascade laser (cw-QCL) with a V-shaped cavity, a common arrangement that reduces feedback to the laser from non-resonant reflections. The spectrometer has a noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 3.6 × 10-9 cm-1 Hz-1/2 for a spectral scan of CH4 at 7.39 μm. From an Allan-Werle analysis a detection limit of 39 parts per trillion of CH4 at atmospheric pressure within 50 s acquisition time was found. PMID:27136874

  7. Angle-resolved scattering spectroscopy of explosives using an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2012-04-01

    Investigation of angle-resolved scattering from solid explosives residues on a car door for non-contact sensing geometries. Illumination with a mid-infrared external cavity quantum cascade laser tuning between 7 and 8 microns was detected both with a sensitive single point detector and a hyperspectral imaging camera. Spectral scattering phenomena were discussed and possibilities for hyperspectral imaging at large scattering angles were outlined.

  8. Radiocarbon Dioxide detection based on Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy and a Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Genoud, Guillaume; Vainio, Markku; Phillips, Hilary; Dean, Julian; Merimaa, Mikko

    2015-01-01

    Monitoring of radiocarbon ($^{14}$C) in carbon dioxide is demonstrated using mid-infrared spectroscopy and a quantum cascade laser. The measurement is based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy, and a high sensitivity is achieved with a simple setup. The instrument was tested using a standardised sample containing elevated levels of radiocarbon. Radiocarbon dioxide could be detected from samples with an isotopic ratio $^{14}$C/C as low as 50 parts-per-trillion, corresponding to an activity of 5 k...

  9. Fast Hyperspectral Imaging Using a Mid-Infrared Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Ho, Nicolas

    2008-04-23

    An active hyperspectral imaging system using an external cavity quantum cascade laser and a focal plane array acquiring images at 25 Hz from 985 cm-1 to 1075 cm-1 with a resolution of 0.3 cm 1 is demonstrated. The chemical imaging of gases is demonstrated in both static and dynamic cases. The system was also used to analyze liquid and solid samples.

  10. Generation of picosecond pulses and frequency combs in actively mode locked external ring cavity quantum cascade lasers

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    We propose a robust and reliable method of active mode locking of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers and develop its theoretical description. Its key element is the use of an external ring cavity, which circumvents fundamental issues undermining the stability of mode locking in quantum cascade lasers. We show that active mode locking can give rise to the generation of picosecond pulses and phase-locked frequency combs containing thousands of the ring cavity modes

  11. Grating-design based polarization modifications of ring cavity quantum cascade lasers

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    Full text: Quantum cascade lasers are versatile light sources, covering the so-called molecular fingerprint region from the mid-infrared to the terahertz spectral region. A second-order distributed feedback grating permits vertical light extraction along with single-mode emission. Recently, our group reported a new waveguide design, the vertically emitting ring cavity quantum cascade laser. Such devices exhibit lower thresholds, higher slope-efficiencies, larger peak optical power and narrower emission beams compared to corresponding Fabry-Pérot devices. We realized novel grating designs, which enable manipulation of the polarization properties of these ring lasers. The processability of the substrate allows us further modification of the polarization properties. (author)

  12. External cavity quantum cascade lasers with ultra rapid acousto-optic tuning

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    Lyakh, A., E-mail: alyakh@pranalytica.com; Barron-Jimenez, R.; Dunayevskiy, I.; Go, R.; Patel, C. Kumar N., E-mail: patel@pranalytica.com [Pranalytica, Inc., 1101 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, California 90401 (United States)

    2015-04-06

    We report operation of tunable external cavity quantum cascade lasers with emission wavelength controlled by an acousto-optic modulator (AOM). A long-wave infrared quantum cascade laser wavelength tuned from ∼8.5 μm to ∼9.8 μm when the AOM frequency was changed from ∼41MHz to ∼49 MHz. The laser delivered over 350 mW of average power at the center of the tuning curve in a linewidth of ∼4.7 cm{sup −1}. Measured wavelength switching time between any two wavelengths within the tuning range of the QCL was less than 1 μs. Spectral measurements of infrared absorption features of Freon demonstrated a capability of obtaining complete spectral data in less than 20 μs.

  13. External cavity quantum cascade lasers with ultra rapid acousto-optic tuning

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    We report operation of tunable external cavity quantum cascade lasers with emission wavelength controlled by an acousto-optic modulator (AOM). A long-wave infrared quantum cascade laser wavelength tuned from ∼8.5 μm to ∼9.8 μm when the AOM frequency was changed from ∼41MHz to ∼49 MHz. The laser delivered over 350 mW of average power at the center of the tuning curve in a linewidth of ∼4.7 cm−1. Measured wavelength switching time between any two wavelengths within the tuning range of the QCL was less than 1 μs. Spectral measurements of infrared absorption features of Freon demonstrated a capability of obtaining complete spectral data in less than 20 μs

  14. Progress in Rapidly-Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Lasers with a Frequency-Shifted Feedback

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    Arkadiy Lyakh

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The recent demonstration of external cavity quantum cascade lasers with optical feedback, controlled by an acousto-optic modulator, paves the way to ruggedized infrared laser systems with the capability of tuning the emission wavelength on a microsecond scale. Such systems are of great importance for various critical applications requiring ultra-rapid wavelength tuning, including combustion and explosion diagnostics and standoff detection. In this paper, recent research results on these devices are summarized and the advantages of the new configuration are analyzed in the context of practical applications.

  15. Standoff Hyperspectral Imaging of Explosives Residues Using Broadly Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser Illumination

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    Bernacki, Bruce E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2010-05-01

    We describe experimental results on the detection of explosives residues using active hyperspectral imaging by illumination of the target surface using an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) and imaging using a room temperature microbolometer camera. The active hyperspectral imaging technique forms an image hypercube by recording one image for each tuning step of the ECQCL. The resulting hyperspectral image contains the full absorption spectrum produced by the illumination laser at each pixel in the image which can then be used to identify the explosive type and relative quantity using spectral identification approaches developed initially in the remote sensing community.

  16. Terahertz quantum-cascade lasers: time domain spectroscopy and micro cavity effects

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    Full text: Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL) are based on transitions within quantized states of semiconductor nanostructures. This allows the design of the emission wavelength form the infrared to the THz spectral region. We have combined few-cycle THz spectroscopy with quantum cascade technology. This combination allows to perform unique THz time-domain measurements of THz- QCLs. By coupling the few-cycle THz pulse into the waveguide of the QCL, the processes within the active zone can be probed. This gives direct information regarding the energy, dynamics and coherence of transitions in the QCL structure. In addition, we will present micro-cavity quantum-cascade lasers emitting in the THz region. Strong mode confinement in the growth and in-plane directions are provided by a double-plasmon waveguide. We observe whispering-gallery modes and the threshold currents are smaller than from Fabry-Perot cavities; in the detailed study of the emission we were able to observe dynamical frequency pulling effects. (author)

  17. Cavity ringdown spectroscopic detection of nitric oxide with a continuous-wave quantum-cascade laser.

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    Kosterev, A A; Malinovsky, A L; Tittel, F K; Gmachl, C; Capasso, F; Sivco, D L; Baillargeon, J N; Hutchinson, A L; Cho, A Y

    2001-10-20

    A spectroscopic gas sensor for nitric oxide (NO) detection based on a cavity ringdown technique was designed and evaluated. A cw quantum-cascade distributed-feedback laser operating at 5.2 mum was used as a tunable single-frequency light source. Both laser-frequency tuning and abrupt interruptions of the laser radiation were performed through manipulation of the laser current. A single ringdown event sensitivity to absorption of 2.2 x 10(-8) cm(-1) was achieved. Measurements of parts per billion (ppb) NO concentrations in N(2) with a 0.7-ppb standard error for a data collection time of 8 s have been performed. Future improvements are discussed that would allow quantification of NO in human breath. PMID:18364839

  18. Widely tunable terahertz source based on intra-cavity frequency mixing in quantum cascade laser arrays

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    We demonstrate a compact monolithic terahertz source continuously tunable from 1.9 THz to 3.9 THz with the maximum peak power output of 106 μW at 3.46 THz at room temperature. The source consists of an array of 10 electrically tunable quantum cascade lasers with intra-cavity terahertz difference-frequency generation. To increase fabrication yield and achieve high THz peak power output in our devices, a dual-section current pumping scheme is implemented using two electrically isolated grating sections to independently control gain for the two mid-IR pumps

  19. Infrared near-field spectroscopy of trace explosives using an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Craig, Ian M.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Lea, Alan S.; Phillips, Mark C.; Josberger, Erik E.; Raschke, Markus Bernd

    2013-12-16

    Utilizing a broadly-tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser for scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM), we measure infrared spectra of explosives particles by probing characteristic nitro-group resonances in the 7.1-7.9 µm wavelength range. Measurements are presented with spectral resolution of 0.25 cm-1, spatial resolution of 25 nm, <100 attomolar sensitivity, and at a rapid acquisition time of 90 s per spectrum. We demonstrate high reproducibility of the acquired s-SNOM spectra with very high signal-to-noise ratios and relative noise of <0.02 in self-homodyne detection.

  20. Hyperspectral Microscopy of Explosives Particles Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Bernacki, Bruce E.

    2012-12-26

    Using infrared hyperspectral imaging, we demonstrate microscopy of small particles of the explosives compounds RDX, tetryl, and PETN with near diffraction-limited performance. The custom microscope apparatus includes an external cavity quantum cascade laser illuminator scanned over its tuning range of 9.13-10.53 µm in four seconds, coupled with a microbolometer focal plane array to record infrared transmission images. We use the hyperspectral microscopy technique to study the infrared absorption spectra of individual explosives particles, and demonstrate sub-nanogram detection limits.

  1. Quantum-trajectory simulations of a two-level atom cascaded to a cavity QED laser

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    We use the quantum theory of cascaded open systems to calculate the transmitted photon flux for a weak beam of photons from a cavity QED laser strongly focused onto a single, resonant two-state atom in the narrow-bandwidth limit. We study the dependence of the transmitted flux on the quantum statistics of the incident light. Both bunched and antibunched light generated by the microlaser are considered as input. Working within and outside the semiclassical perturbative regime, we explicitly demonstrate that the normalized transmitted photon flux may coincide with the second-order correlation function of the incident bunched light, but not for incident antibunched light both of which are generated by a cavity QED laser. Interestingly, the thresholdless cavity QED laser is ideal for investigating statistical saturation effects by virtue of its small system size and the large quantum fluctuations accompanying it. It has the advantage of characterizing to a certain extent the quantum noise responsible for the statistical saturation. One can also easily vary the degree of antibunching of the incident light by manipulating the pumping rate of the laser

  2. Trace-gas sensing using the compliance voltage of an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.

    2013-06-04

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are increasingly being used to detect, identify, and measure levels of trace gases in the air. External cavity QCLs (ECQCLs) provide a broadly-tunable infrared source to measure absorption spectra of chemicals and provide high detection sensitivity and identification confidence. Applications include detecting chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals, monitoring building air quality, measuring greenhouse gases for atmospheric research, monitoring and controlling industrial processes, analyzing chemicals in exhaled breath for medical diagnostics, and many more. Compact, portable trace gas sensors enable in-field operation in a wide range of platforms, including handheld units for use by first responders, fixed installations for monitoring air quality, and lightweight sensors for deployment in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). We present experimental demonstration of a new chemical sensing technique based on intracavity absorption in an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL). This new technique eliminates the need for an infrared photodetector and gas cell by detecting the intracavity absorption spectrum in the compliance voltage of the laser device itself. To demonstrate and characterize the technique, we measure infrared absorption spectra of chemicals including water vapor and Freon-134a. Sub-ppm detection limits in one second are achieved, with the potential for increased sensitivity after further optimization. The technique enables development of handheld, high-sensitivity, and high-accuracy trace gas sensors for in-field use.

  3. Ring-cavity surface-emitting lasers as a building block for tunable and coherent quantum cascade laser arrays

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    We describe ring-cavity surface-emitting lasers (ring-CSELs) based on quantum cascade structures as an elementary building block for two-dimensional quantum cascade laser arrays. The light emitters operate at high temperatures as high as 380 K and above. The devices facilitate a reduction in threshold current density as well as enhanced radiation efficiency in comparison to Fabry–Pérot lasers. Single-mode emission is observed at a wavelength of around 8 µm with a side-mode suppression ratio of 30 dB at room temperature. A tuning of the resonance is achieved by a variation in the grating period or a change in temperature. Phase locking of two ring-CSELs is demonstrated which is based on a direct coupling scheme. Coherent operation of ring-type lasers results in light emission at an identical wavelength and thus in an enhancement of the spectral brightness

  4. Ring Cavity Induced Performance Enhancement in Mid-Infrared and Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Full text: Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are well established as reliable laser sources from the midinfrared (MIR) to the terahertz (THz) spectral region. These coherent sources of light are attractive compact emitters for a broad range of applications, such as free space communications, spectroscopy, imaging and heterodyne detection. For most of these applications, symmetric far fields and low beam divergence are of special interest. However, due to small dimensions and elongated shape of the resonator, the emitted light of standard Fabry-Perot and surface emitting QCLs is typically broad and asymmetric. Especially for THz QCLs, the sub wavelength dimensions of laser ridge facet lead to inhomogeneous diffractive-like patterns and limited output intensities. We describe ring cavity surface emitting lasers (RCSELs) and demonstrate how MIR and THz emission can effectively be emitted using an advanced ring geometry. Beam narrowing is given by constructive interference of light waves passing through the slits of a radial, light out-coupling grating on top of the laser. This results in the realization of single-mode operating ring-cavity QCLs with strongly collimated symmetric surface emission, with a full width at half maximum of 3o and 15o for MIR and THz emitters, respectively. For the latter the reduced divergence gives a twofold power enhancement compared to standard edge-emitters. We will present an extensive study in terms of output power, threshold behavior, beam shaping, dynamic beam steering and polarization characteristics. Furthermore we will talk about coherent coupling, two-dimensional integration of ring QCLs and their applicability in spectroscopy. (author)

  5. Broadband-tunable external-cavity quantum cascade lasers for the spectroscopic detection of hazardous substances

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    Hugger, S.; Fuchs, F.; Jarvis, J.; Kinzer, M.; Yang, Q. K.; Driad, R.; Aidam, R.; Wagner, J.

    2013-01-01

    Broadband tunable external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL) have emerged as attractive light sources for midinfrared (MIR) "finger print" molecular spectroscopy for detection and identification of chemical compounds. Here we report on the use of EC-QCL for the spectroscopic detection of hazardous substances, using stand-off detection of explosives and sensing of hazardous substances in water as two prototypical examples. Our standoff-system allows the contactless identification of solid residues of various common explosives over distances of several meters. Furthermore, results on an EC-QCL-based setup for MIR absorption spectroscopy on liquids are presented, featuring a by a factor of ten larger single-pass optical path length of 100 μm as compared to conventional Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy instrumentations.

  6. Alignment-stabilized interference filter-tuned external-cavity quantum cascade laser.

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    Kischkat, Jan; Semtsiv, Mykhaylo P; Elagin, Mikaela; Monastyrskyi, Grygorii; Flores, Yuri; Kurlov, Sergii; Peters, Sven; Masselink, W Ted

    2014-12-01

    A passively alignment-stabilized external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) employing a "cat's eye"-type retroreflector and an ultra-narrowband transmissive interference filter for wavelength selection is demonstrated and experimentally investigated. Compared with conventional grating-tuned ECQCLs, the setup is nearly two orders of magnitude more stable against misalignment of the components, and spectral fluctuation is reduced by one order of magnitude, allowing for a simultaneously lightweight and fail-safe construction, suitable for applications outdoors and in space. It also allows for a substantially greater level of miniaturization and cost reduction. These advantages fit in well with the general properties of modern QCLs in the promise to deliver useful and affordable mid-infrared-light sources for a variety of spectroscopic and imaging applications. PMID:25490621

  7. Design of mid-IR and THz quantum cascade laser cavities with complete TM photonic bandgap

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    Bahriz, Michael; Moreau, Virginie; Colombelli, Raffaele; Painter, Oskar; 10.1364/OE.15.005948

    2009-01-01

    We present the design of mid-infrared and THz quantum cascade laser cavities formed from planar photonic crystals with a complete in-plane photonic bandgap. The design is based on a honeycomb lattice, and achieves a full in-plane photonic gap for transverse-magnetic polarized light while preserving a connected pattern for efficient electrical injection. Candidate defects modes for lasing are identified. This lattice is then used as a model system to demonstrate a novel effect: under certain conditions - that are typically satisfied in the THz range - a complete photonic gap can be obtained by the sole patterning of the top metal contact. This possibility greatly reduces the required fabrication complexity and avoids potential damage of the semiconductor active region.

  8. Room-Temperature Continuous-Wave Operation of a Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    A room-temperature cw operation of a tunable external cavity (EC) quantum cascade laser (QCL) at an emitting wavelength of 4.6 μm is presented. Strain-compensation combined with two-phonon resonance in an active region design promises low threshold current density. A very low threshold current density of 1.47kA/cm2 for an EC-QCL operated in cw mode is realized. Single-mode cw operation with a side-mode suppression ratio of 20 dB and a wide tuning range of over 110cm−1 are achieved. Moreover, an even wider tuning range of over 135cm−1 is obtained in pulsed mode at room temperature. (fundamental areas of phenomenology(including applications))

  9. Reflection-Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy of Thin Films Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Craig, Ian M.; Blake, Thomas A.

    2013-02-04

    We present experimental demonstrations using a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) to perform Reflection-Absorption InfraRed Spectroscopy (RAIRS) of thin layers and residues on surfaces. The ECQCL compliance voltage was used to measure fluctuations in the ECQCL output power and improve the performance of the RAIRS measurements. Absorption spectra from self-assembled monolayers of a fluorinated alkane thiol and a thiol carboxylic acid were measured and compared with FTIR measurements. RAIRS spectra of the explosive compounds PETN, RDX, and tetryl deposited on gold substrates were also measured. Rapid measurement times and low noise were demonstrated, with < 1E-3 absorbance noise for a 10 second measurement time.

  10. Infrared near-field spectroscopy of trace explosives using an external cavity quantum cascade laser.

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    Craig, Ian M; Taubman, Matthew S; Lea, A Scott; Phillips, Mark C; Josberger, Erik E; Raschke, Markus B

    2013-12-16

    Utilizing a broadly-tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser for scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM), we measure infrared spectra of particles of explosives by probing characteristic nitro-group resonances in the 7.1-7.9 µm wavelength range. Measurements are presented with spectral resolution of 0.25 cm(-1), spatial resolution of 25 nm, sensitivity better than 100 attomoles, and at a rapid acquisition time of 90 s per spectrum. We demonstrate high reproducibility of the acquired s-SNOM spectra with very high signal-to-noise ratios and relative noise of <0.02 in self-homodyne detection. PMID:24514618

  11. Use of external cavity quantum cascade laser compliance voltage in real-time trace gas sensing of multiple chemicals

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Kriesel, Jason M.

    2015-02-08

    We describe a prototype trace gas sensor designed for real-time detection of multiple chemicals. The sensor uses an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) swept over its tuning range of 940-1075 cm-1 (9.30-10.7 µm) at a 10 Hz repetition rate.

  12. Radiocarbon dioxide detection based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy and a quantum cascade laser.

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    Genoud, G; Vainio, M; Phillips, H; Dean, J; Merimaa, M

    2015-04-01

    Monitoring of radiocarbon (C14) in carbon dioxide is demonstrated using mid-infrared spectroscopy and a quantum cascade laser. The measurement is based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy, and a high sensitivity is achieved with a simple setup. The instrument was tested using a standardized sample containing elevated levels of radiocarbon. Radiocarbon dioxide could be detected from samples with an isotopic ratio C14/C as low as 50 parts-per-trillion, corresponding to an activity of 5  kBq/m(3) in pure CO(2), or 2  Bq/m(3) in air after extraction of the CO(2) from an air sample. The instrument is simple, compact, and robust, making it the ideal tool for on-site measurements. It is aimed for monitoring radioactive gaseous emissions in a nuclear power environment, during the operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Its high sensitivity also makes it the ideal tool for the detection of leaks in radioactive waste repositories. PMID:25831328

  13. Characterization of a swept external cavity quantum cascade laser for rapid broadband spectroscopy and sensing.

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    Brumfield, Brian E; Taubman, Matthew S; Suter, Jonathan D; Phillips, Mark C

    2015-10-01

    The performance of a rapidly swept external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) system combined with an open-path Herriott cell was evaluated for time-resolved measurements of chemical species with broad and narrow absorption spectra. A spectral window spanning 1278 - 1390 cm(-1) was acquired at a 200 Hz acquisition rate, corresponding to a tuning rate of 2x10(4) cm(-1)/s, with a spectral resolution of 0.2 cm(-1). The capability of the ECQCL to measure < 100 ppbv changes in nitrous oxide (N(2)O) and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (F134A) concentrations on millisecond timescales was demonstrated in simulated plume studies with releases near the open-path Herriott cell. Absorbance spectra measured using the ECQCL system exhibited noise-equivalent absorption coefficients of 5x10(-9) cm(-1)Hz(-1/2). For a spectrum acquisition time of 5 ms, noise-equivalent concentrations (NEC) for N(2)O and F134A were measured to be 70 and 16 ppbv respectively, which improved to sub-ppbv levels with averaging to 100 s. Noise equivalent column densities of 0.64 and 0.25 ppmv × m in 1 sec are estimated for N(2)O and F134A. PMID:26480072

  14. Theoretical analysis of free carrier absorption in the cavity of a quantum cascade laser

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    Bogdanov, Andrey; Suris, Robert [Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the RAS, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); St. Petersburg Academic University of the RAS, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2012-05-15

    In this work we analyze free carrier absorption (FCA) and polarization ratio (transversality degree) for eigenmodes of a quantum cascade laser (QCL) waveguide. We consider the dielectric function and conductivity of the waveguide core and cladding layers within the Drude-Lorentz approximation. We show that the entire spectrum of a QCL cavity consists of three kinds of eigenmodes: volume, surface, and Langmuir modes. We perform an analytical analysis and numerical calculations of FCA and polarization ratio for each type of the eigenmodes within a wide frequency range from the microwave up to the ultraviolet spectrum. We make a comparative analysis of FCA in the cladding layers and waveguide core. We specify frequency intervals where absorption in the core or in the cladding layers is dominant. Identification of the most favorable modes for lasing is carried out for each part of the spectrum. So, we identify that the main Langmuir mode is the most favorable mode for the lasing at the long-wave edge of the terahertz (THz) region: (i) it has no frequency cutoff and can be excited at arbitrarily low frequency, (ii) it is nearly transversal that is very favorable for the QCL operation, and (iii) it is almost totally confined within the waveguide core. The model analyzed is directly related to one-dimensional photonic crystals and metamaterials consisting of alternating anisotropic layers. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Radiocarbon Dioxide detection based on Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy and a Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Genoud, Guillaume; Phillips, Hilary; Dean, Julian; Merimaa, Mikko

    2015-01-01

    Monitoring of radiocarbon ($^{14}$C) in carbon dioxide is demonstrated using mid-infrared spectroscopy and a quantum cascade laser. The measurement is based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy, and a high sensitivity is achieved with a simple setup. The instrument was tested using a standardised sample containing elevated levels of radiocarbon. Radiocarbon dioxide could be detected from samples with an isotopic ratio $^{14}$C/C as low as 50 parts-per-trillion, corresponding to an activity of 5 kBq/m$^3$ in pure CO$_2$, or 2 Bq/m$^3$ in air after extraction of the CO$_2$ from an air sample. The instrument is simple, compact and robust, making it the ideal tool for on-site measurements. It is aimed for monitoring of radioactive gaseous emissions in nuclear power environment, during the operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Its high sensitivity also makes it the ideal tool for the detection of leaks in radioactive waste repositories.

  16. Long-term Operation of an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser-based Trace-gas Sensor for Building Air Monitoring

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Craig, Ian M.

    2013-11-03

    We analyze the long-term performance and stability of a trace-gas sensor based on an external cavity quantum cascade laser using data collected over a one-year period in a building air monitoring application.

  17. Mode switching in a multi-wavelength distributed feedback quantum cascade laser using an external micro-cavity

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    We demonstrate a multi-wavelength distributed feedback (DFB) quantum cascade laser (QCL) operating in a lensless external micro-cavity and achieve switchable single-mode emission at three distinct wavelengths selected by the DFB grating, each with a side-mode suppression ratio larger than 30 dB. Discrete wavelength tuning is achieved by modulating the feedback experienced by each mode of the multi-wavelength DFB QCL, resulting from a variation of the external cavity length. This method also provides a post-fabrication control of the lasing modes to correct for fabrication inhomogeneities, in particular, related to the cleaved facets position

  18. Mode switching in a multi-wavelength distributed feedback quantum cascade laser using an external micro-cavity

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    Sidler, Meinrad [School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 16, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Rauter, Patrick; Blanchard, Romain; Métivier, Pauline; Capasso, Federico, E-mail: capasso@seas.harvard.edu [School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Mansuripur, Tobias S. [Department of Physics, Harvard University, 17 Oxford St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Wang, Christine [MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 244 Wood St., Lexington, Massachusetts 02420 (United States); Huang, Yong; Ryou, Jae-Hyun; Dupuis, Russell D. [Center for Compound Semiconductors and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0250 (United States); Faist, Jérôme [Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 16, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2014-02-03

    We demonstrate a multi-wavelength distributed feedback (DFB) quantum cascade laser (QCL) operating in a lensless external micro-cavity and achieve switchable single-mode emission at three distinct wavelengths selected by the DFB grating, each with a side-mode suppression ratio larger than 30 dB. Discrete wavelength tuning is achieved by modulating the feedback experienced by each mode of the multi-wavelength DFB QCL, resulting from a variation of the external cavity length. This method also provides a post-fabrication control of the lasing modes to correct for fabrication inhomogeneities, in particular, related to the cleaved facets position.

  19. Widely Tunable Mode-Hop-Free External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Wysocki, Gerard; Curl, Robert F.; Tittel, Frank K.

    2010-01-01

    The external-cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) system is based on an optical configuration of the Littrow type. It is a room-temperature, continuous wave, widely tunable, mode-hop-free, mid-infrared, EC-QCL spectroscopic source. It has a single-mode tuning range of 155 cm(exp -1) (approximately equal to 8% of the center wavelength) with a maximum power of 11.1 mW and 182 cm(exp -1) (approximately equal to 15% of the center wavelength), and a maximum power of 50 mW as demonstrated for 5.3 micron and 8.4 micron EC-QCLs, respectively. This technology is particularly suitable for high-resolution spectroscopic applications, multi-species tracegas detection, and spectroscopic measurements of broadband absorbers. Wavelength tuning of EC-QCL spectroscopic source can be implemented by varying three independent parameters of the laser: (1) the optical length of the gain medium (which, in this case, is equivalent to QCL injection current modulation), (2) the length of the EC (which can be independently varied in the Rice EC-QCL setup), and (3) the angle of beam incidence at the diffraction grating (frequency tuning related directly to angular dispersion of the grating). All three mechanisms of frequency tuning have been demonstrated and are required to obtain a true mode-hop-free laser frequency tuning. The precise frequency tuning characteristics of the EC-QCL output have been characterized using a variety of diagnostic tools available at Rice University (e.g., a monochromator, FTIR spectrometer, and a Fabry-Perot spectrometer). Spectroscopic results were compared with available databases (such as HITRAN, PNNL, EPA, and NIST). These enable precision verification of complete spectral parameters of the EC-QCL, such as wavelength, tuning range, tuning characteristics, and line width. The output power of the EC-QCL is determined by the performance of the QC laser chip, its operating conditions, and parameters of the QC laser cavity such as mirror reflectivity or intracavity

  20. Single-mode, narrow-linewidth external cavity quantum cascade laser through optical feedback from a partial-reflector

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    Cendejas, Richard A.; Phillips, Mark C.; Myers, Tanya L.; Taubman, Matthew S.

    2010-11-30

    An external-cavity (EC) quantum cascade (QC) laser using optical feedback from a partial-reflector is reported. With this configuration, the otherwise multi-mode emission of a Fabry-Perot QC laser was made single-mode with optical output powers exceeding 40 mW. A mode-hop free tuning range of 2.46 cm-1 was achieved by synchronously tuning the EC length and QC laser current. The linewidth of the partial-reflector EC-QC laser was measured for integration times from 100 μs to 4 s, and compared to a distributed feedback QC laser. Linewidths as small as 480 kHz were recorded for the EC-QC laser

  1. Infrared hyperspectral imaging using a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser and microbolometer focal plane array

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Ho, Nicolas

    2008-02-04

    A versatile mid-infrared hyperspectral imaging system is demonstrated by combining a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser and a microbolometer focal plane array. The tunable mid-infrared laser provided high brightness illumination over a tuning range from 985 cm-1 to 1075 cm-1 (9.30-10.15 μm). Hypercubes containing images at 300 wavelengths separated by 0.3 cm 1 were obtained in 12 s. High spectral resolution chemical imaging of methanol vapor was demonstrated for both static and dynamic systems. The system was also used to image and characterize multiple component liquid and solid samples.

  2. Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Lasers (EC-QCL): an application field for MOEMS based scanning gratings

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    Grahmann, Jan; Merten, André; Ostendorf, Ralf; Fontenot, Michael; Bleh, Daniela; Schenk, Harald; Wagner, Hans-Joachim

    2014-03-01

    In situ process information in the chemical, pharmaceutical or food industry as well as emission monitoring, sensitive trace detection and biological sensing applications would increasingly rely on MIR-spectroscopic anal­ysis in the 3 μm - 12 μm wavelength range. However, cost effective, portable, low power consuming and fast spectrometers with a wide tuning range are not available so far. To provide these MIR-spectrometer properties, the combination of quantum cascade lasers with a MOEMS scanning grating as wavelength selective element in the external cavity is addressed to provide a very compact and fast tunable laser source for spectroscopic analysis.

  3. Optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy with a 3.24 μm interband cascade laser

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    Manfred, K. M.; Ritchie, G. A. D. [Department of Chemistry, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, South Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3QZ (United Kingdom); Lang, N.; Röpcke, J.; Helden, J. H. van, E-mail: jean-pierre.vanhelden@inp-greifswald.de [Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald), Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald (Germany)

    2015-06-01

    The development of interband cascade lasers (ICLs) has made the strong C-H transitions in the 3 μm spectral region increasingly accessible. We present the demonstration of a single mode distributed feedback ICL coupled to a V-shaped optical cavity in an optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (OF-CEAS) experiment. We achieved a minimum detectable absorption coefficient, α{sub min}, of (7.1±0.2)×10{sup −8} cm{sup −1} for a spectrum of CH{sub 4} at 3.24 μm with a two second acquisition time (100 scans averaged). This corresponds to a detection limit of 3 ppb CH{sub 4} at atmospheric pressure, which is comparable to previously reported OF-CEAS instruments with diode lasers or quantum cascade lasers. The ability to frequency lock an ICL source in the important 3 μm region to an optical cavity holds great promise for future spectroscopic applications.

  4. On the application of cw external cavity quantum cascade infrared lasers for plasma diagnostics

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    Three continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) operating between 1305 and 2260 cm−1 (4.42–7.66 µm) have been tested as radiation sources for an absorption spectrometer focused on the analysis of physical and chemical phenomena in molecular plasmas. Based on the wide spectral tunability of EC-QCLs, multiple species detection has become feasible and is demonstrated in a study of low-pressure Ar/N2 microwave plasmas containing methane as a hydrocarbon precursor. Using the direct absorption technique, the evolution of the concentrations of CH4, C2H2, HCN and H2O has been monitored depending on the discharge conditions at a pressure of p = 0.5 mbar and at a frequency of f = 2.45 GHz in a planar microwave plasma reactor. The concentrations were found to be in the range of 1011–1014 molecules cm−3. In addition, based on the analysis of the line profile of selected absorption lines, the gas temperature Tg has been calculated in dependence on the discharge power. Tg increased with the power values and was in the range between 400 and 700 K. Further, in a pure He/Ar microwave plasma, the wavelength modulation spectroscopy technique has been applied for the sensitive detection of transient plasma species with absorbencies down to 10−5. The typical spectral line width of an EC-QCL under the study was found to be in the range 24 to 38 MHz depending (i) on the chopping technique used and (ii) on a single or averaged measurement approach. Further, different methods for the modulation and tuning of the laser radiation have been tested. Varying the power values of an EC-QCL between 0.1 and 154 mW for direct absorption measurements under low pressure conditions, no saturation effects in determining the concentrations of methane, acetylene and carbon monoxide could be found under the experimental conditions used, i.e. for lines with line strengths between 10−19 and 10−22 cm molecule−1. (paper)

  5. On the application of cw external cavity quantum cascade infrared lasers for plasma diagnostics

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    Lopatik, D.; Lang, N.; Macherius, U.; Zimmermann, H.; Röpcke, J.

    2012-11-01

    Three continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) operating between 1305 and 2260 cm-1 (4.42-7.66 µm) have been tested as radiation sources for an absorption spectrometer focused on the analysis of physical and chemical phenomena in molecular plasmas. Based on the wide spectral tunability of EC-QCLs, multiple species detection has become feasible and is demonstrated in a study of low-pressure Ar/N2 microwave plasmas containing methane as a hydrocarbon precursor. Using the direct absorption technique, the evolution of the concentrations of CH4, C2H2, HCN and H2O has been monitored depending on the discharge conditions at a pressure of p = 0.5 mbar and at a frequency of f = 2.45 GHz in a planar microwave plasma reactor. The concentrations were found to be in the range of 1011-1014 molecules cm-3. In addition, based on the analysis of the line profile of selected absorption lines, the gas temperature Tg has been calculated in dependence on the discharge power. Tg increased with the power values and was in the range between 400 and 700 K. Further, in a pure He/Ar microwave plasma, the wavelength modulation spectroscopy technique has been applied for the sensitive detection of transient plasma species with absorbencies down to 10-5. The typical spectral line width of an EC-QCL under the study was found to be in the range 24 to 38 MHz depending (i) on the chopping technique used and (ii) on a single or averaged measurement approach. Further, different methods for the modulation and tuning of the laser radiation have been tested. Varying the power values of an EC-QCL between 0.1 and 154 mW for direct absorption measurements under low pressure conditions, no saturation effects in determining the concentrations of methane, acetylene and carbon monoxide could be found under the experimental conditions used, i.e. for lines with line strengths between 10-19 and 10-22 cm molecule-1.

  6. Broadband single-mode emission from two-dimensional ring cavity surface emitting quantum cascade laser arrays

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    Full text: We describe compact, two-dimensional single-mode quantum cascade laser arrays based on the ring cavity surface emitting laser, as a basic building block. The sixteen-element mid-infrared array shows a linear tuning range of ∼180 cm-1 (7.5 - 8.7 μm) in pulsed condition at room temperature. The measured spectral-dependent threshold current densities and optical power reflect the gain profile of the applied laser material. This suggests that the device performance is not affected by the individual grating design, given by the facet less nature of the incorporated single surface emitter. Such broadband laser arrays allow the realization of compact mid-infrared spectrometers. (author)

  7. A modular architecture for multi-channel external cavity quantum cascade laser-based chemical sensors: a systems approach

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    Taubman, Matthew S.; Myers, Tanya L.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Stahl, Robert D.; Cannon, Bret D.; Schiffern, John T.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2012-04-01

    A multi-channel laser-based chemical sensor platform is presented, in which a modular architecture allows the exchange of complete sensor channels without disruption to overall operation. Each sensor channel contains custom optical and electronics packages, which can be selected to access laser wavelengths, interaction path lengths and modulation techniques optimal for a given application or mission. Although intended primarily to accommodate mid-infrared (MIR) external cavity quantum cascade lasers (ECQCLs)and astigmatic Herriott cells, channels using visible or near infrared (NIR) lasers or other gas cell architectures can also be used, making this a truly versatile platform. Analog and digital resources have been carefully chosen to facilitate small footprint, rapid spectral scanning, ow-noise signal recovery, failsafe autonomous operation, and in-situ chemometric data analysis, storage and transmission. Results from the demonstration of a two-channel version of this platform are also presented.

  8. Real-Time Trace Gas Sensing of Fluorocarbons using a Swept-wavelength External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Cannon, Bret D.; Stahl, Robert D.; Schiffern, John T.; Myers, Tanya L.

    2014-05-04

    We present results demonstrating real-time sensing of four different fluorocarbons at low-ppb concentrations using an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) operating in a swept-wavelength configuration. The ECQCL was repeatedly swept over its full tuning range at a 20 Hz rate with a scan rate of 3535 cm-1/s, and a detailed characterization of the ECQCL scan stability and repeatability is presented. The sensor was deployed on a mobile automotive platform to provide spatially resolved detection of fluorocarbons in outdoor experiments. Noise-equivalent detection limits of 800-1000 parts-per-trillion (ppt) are demonstrated for 1 s integration times.

  9. External cavity terahertz quantum cascade laser sources based on intra-cavity frequency mixing with 1.2–5.9 THz tuning range

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    We discuss the design and operation of widely-tunable terahertz sources based on Cherenkov intra-cavity difference-frequency generation in mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers. Laser chips are integrated into a Littrow-type external cavity system. Devices demonstrate continuous terahertz emission tuning at room temperature with a record tuning range from 1.2 THz to 5.9 THz and peak power output varying between 5 and 90 μW, depending on the operating frequency. Beam steering of terahertz Cherenkov emission with frequency is suppressed and mid-infrared-to-terahertz conversion efficiency is improved by bonding devices onto high-resistivity silicon substrates that have virtually no refractive index dispersion and vanishingly-small optical loss in 1–6 THz range. (special issue article)

  10. Wide single-mode tuning in quantum cascade lasers with asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer type cavities with separately biased arms

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    We report on the experimental demonstration of a widely tunable single mode quantum cascade laser with Asymmetric Mach-Zehnder (AMZ) interferometer type cavities with separately biased arms. Current and, consequently, temperature tuning of the two arms of the AMZ type cavity resulted in a single mode tuning range of 20 cm−1 at 80 K in continuous-wave mode operation, a ten-fold improvement from the lasers under a single bias current. In addition, we also observed a five fold increase in the tuning rate as compared to the AMZ cavities controlled by one bias current

  11. Wide single-mode tuning in quantum cascade lasers with asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer type cavities with separately biased arms

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    Zheng, Mei C., E-mail: meizheng@princeton.edu; Gmachl, Claire F. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Liu, Peter Q. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Institute of Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, 8093 Zürich (Switzerland); Wang, Xiaojun; Fan, Jen-Yu; Troccoli, Mariano [AdTech Optics, Inc., City of Industry, California 91748 (United States)

    2013-11-18

    We report on the experimental demonstration of a widely tunable single mode quantum cascade laser with Asymmetric Mach-Zehnder (AMZ) interferometer type cavities with separately biased arms. Current and, consequently, temperature tuning of the two arms of the AMZ type cavity resulted in a single mode tuning range of 20 cm{sup −1} at 80 K in continuous-wave mode operation, a ten-fold improvement from the lasers under a single bias current. In addition, we also observed a five fold increase in the tuning rate as compared to the AMZ cavities controlled by one bias current.

  12. Broadband external cavity tuning of a quantum cascade laser in the 3 - 4 μm window

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    Full text: Since many molecules have fundamental stretching modes in the 3 – 4 μm region it is an important wavelength range for spectroscopic applications like pollution control and drug/explosive detection. The unique possibility offered by quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) to tailor the emission frequency, makes them ideal sources for these applications. Here we present a heterogeneous active region design based on the Sb-free strain-compensated design by Bismuto et al. (2011) which is tuned over 556 cm-1 (3.2 - 4.01 μm) in an grating tuned external cavity setup. Additionally we show a broadband anti-reflectivity coating with a maximum reflectivity of 1.4%. (author)

  13. Real-time trace gas sensing of fluorocarbons using a swept-wavelength external cavity quantum cascade laser.

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    Phillips, Mark C; Taubman, Matthew S; Bernacki, Bruce E; Cannon, Bret D; Stahl, Robert D; Schiffern, John T; Myers, Tanya L

    2014-05-01

    We present results demonstrating real-time sensing of four different fluorocarbons at low part-per billion (ppb) concentrations using an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) designed for infrared vibrational spectroscopy of molecules with broad absorption features. The ECQCL was repeatedly swept at 20 Hz over its full tuning range of 1145-1265 cm(-1) providing a scan rate of 3535 cm(-1) s(-1), and a detailed characterization of the ECQCL scan stability and repeatability is presented. The ECQCL was combined with a 100 meter path length multi-pass cell for direct absorption spectroscopy. A portable sensor system is described, which was deployed on a mobile automotive platform to provide spatially-resolved detection of fluorocarbons in outdoor experiments. Noise-equivalent detection limits of 800-1000 parts-per-trillion (ppt) are demonstrated for 1 s integration times. PMID:24384671

  14. Demonstration of a rapidly-swept external cavity quantum cascade laser for rapid and sensitive quantification of chemical mixtures

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    Brumfield, Brian E.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2016-02-13

    A rapidly-swept external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) system for fast open-path quantification of multiple chemicals and mixtures is presented. The ECQCL system is swept over its entire tuning range (>100 cm-1) at frequencies up to 200 Hz. At 200 Hz the wavelength tuning rate and spectral resolution are 2x104 cm-1/sec and < 0.2 cm-1, respectively. The capability of the current system to quantify changes in chemical concentrations on millesecond timescales is demonstrated at atmospheric pressure using an open-path multi-pass cell. The detection limits for chemicals ranged from ppb to ppm levels depending on the absorption cross-section.

  15. Bosonic Cascade Laser

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    Liew, T. C. H.; Glazov, M. M.; Kavokin, K. V.; Shelykh, I. A.; Kaliteevski, M A; Kavokin, A.V.

    2012-01-01

    We propose a concept of a quantum cascade laser based on transitions of bosonic quasiparticles (excitons and exciton-polaritons) in a parabolic potential trap in a semiconductor microcavity. This laser would emit terahertz radiation due to bosonic stimulation of excitonic transitions. Dynamics of a bosonic cascade is strongly different from the dynamics of a conventional fermionic cascade laser. We show that populations of excitonic ladders are parity-dependent and quantized if the laser oper...

  16. Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser Based Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy for Biogenic Nitric Oxide Detection

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    Bakhirkin, Yury A.; Kosterev, Anatoliy A.; Roller, Chad; Curl, Robert F.; Tittel, Frank K.

    2004-04-01

    Tunable-laser absorption spectroscopy in the mid-IR spectral region is a sensitive analytical technique for trace-gas quantification. The detection of nitric oxide (NO) in exhaled breath is of particular interest in the diagnosis of lower-airway inflammation associated with a number of lung diseases and illnesses. A gas analyzer based on a continuous-wave mid-IR quantum cascade laser operating at ~5.2 µm and on off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (ICOS) has been developed to measure NO concentrations in human breath. A compact sample cell, 5.3 cm in length and with a volume of less than 80 cm3, that is suitable for on-line and off-line measurements during a single breath cycle, has been designed and tested. A noise-equivalent (signal-to-noise ratio of 1) sensitivity of 10 parts in 10 9 by volume (ppbv) of NO was achieved. The combination of ICOS with wavelength modulation resulted in a 2-ppbv noise-equivalent sensitivity. The total data acquisition and averaging time was 15 s in both cases. The feasibility of detecting NO in expired human breath as a potential noninvasive medical diagnostic tool is discussed.

  17. Design and Performance of a Sensor System for Detection of Multiple Chemicals Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Cannon, Bret D.; Schiffern, John T.; Myers, Tanya L.

    2010-01-23

    We describe the performance of a sensor system designed for simultaneous detection of multiple chemicals with both broad and narrow absorption features. The sensor system consists of a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL), multi-pass Herriott cell, and custom low-noise electronics. The ECQCL features a rapid wavelength tuning rate of 2265 cm 1/s (15660 nm/s) over its tuning range of 1150-1270 cm 1 (7.87-8.70 μm), which permits detection of molecules with broad absorption features and dynamic concentrations, while the 0.2 cm-1 spectral resolution of the ECQCL system allows measurement of small molecules with atmospherically broadened absorption lines. High-speed amplitude modulation and low-noise electronics are used to improve the ECQCL performance for direct absorption measurements. We demonstrate simultaneous detection of Freon-134a (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane), ammonia (NH3), and nitrous oxide (N2O) at low-ppb concentrations in field measurements of atmospheric chemical releases from a point source.

  18. Active mode locking of quantum cascade lasers operating in external ring cavity

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    Revin, D. G.; Hemingway, M.; Wang, Y.; Cockburn, J.W.; Belyanin, A.

    2015-01-01

    Stable ultrashort light pulses and frequency combs generated by mode-locked lasers have many important applications including high-resolution spectroscopy, fast chemical detection and identification, studies of ultrafast processes, and laser metrology. While compact mode-locked lasers emitting in the visible and near infrared range have revolutionized photonic technologies, the systems operating in the mid-infrared range where most gases have their strong absorption lines, are bulky and expen...

  19. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao; Curwen, Christopher A.; Hon, Philip W. C.; Chen, Qi-Sheng; Itoh, Tatsuo; Williams, Benjamin S.

    2015-11-01

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  20. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao, E-mail: luyaoxu.ee@ucla.edu; Curwen, Christopher A.; Williams, Benjamin S. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Hon, Philip W. C.; Itoh, Tatsuo [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Chen, Qi-Sheng [Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California 90278 (United States)

    2015-11-30

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  1. Room temperature, single mode emission from two-section coupled cavity InGaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs quantum cascade laser

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    Pierściński, K.; Pierścińska, D.; Pluska, M.; Gutowski, P.; Sankowska, I.; Karbownik, P.; Czerwinski, A.; Bugajski, M.

    2015-10-01

    Room temperature, single mode, pulsed emission from two-section coupled cavity InGaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs quantum cascade laser fabricated by focused ion beam processing is demonstrated and analyzed. The single mode emission is centered at 1059.4 cm-1 (9.44 μm). A side mode suppression ratio of 43 dB was achieved. The laser exhibits a peak output power of 15 mW per facet at room temperature. The stable, single mode emission is observed within temperature tuning range, exhibiting shift at rate of 0.59 nm/K.

  2. Room temperature, single mode emission from two-section coupled cavity InGaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs quantum cascade laser

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    Room temperature, single mode, pulsed emission from two-section coupled cavity InGaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs quantum cascade laser fabricated by focused ion beam processing is demonstrated and analyzed. The single mode emission is centered at 1059.4 cm−1 (9.44 μm). A side mode suppression ratio of 43 dB was achieved. The laser exhibits a peak output power of 15 mW per facet at room temperature. The stable, single mode emission is observed within temperature tuning range, exhibiting shift at rate of 0.59 nm/K

  3. Atmospheric ammonia measurements in Houston, TX using an external-cavity quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    L. Gong

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the current understanding of the dynamics of ammonia (NH3 in a major industrial and urban area, intensive measurements of atmospheric NH3 were conducted in Houston during two sampling periods (12 February 2010–1 March 2010 and 5 August 2010–25 September 2010. The measurements were performed with a 10.4-μm external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL-based sensor employing conventional photo-acoustic spectroscopy. The mixing ratio of NH3 ranged from 0.1 to 8.7 ppb with a mean of 2.4 ± 1.2 ppb in winter and ranged from 0.2 to 27.1 ppb with a mean of 3.1 ± 2.9 ppb in summer. The larger levels in summer probably are due to higher ambient temperature. A notable morning increase and a mid-day decrease were observed in the diurnal profile of NH3 mixing ratios. Motor vehicles were found to be major contributors to the elevated levels during morning rush hours in winter. However, changes in vehicular catalytic converter performance and other local or regional emission sources from different wind directions governed the behavior of NH3 during morning rush hours in summer. There was a large amount of variability, particularly in summer, with several episodes of elevated NH3 mixing ratios that could be linked to industrial facilities. A considerable discrepancy in NH3 mixing ratios existed between weekdays and weekends. This study suggests that NH3 mixing ratios in Houston occasionally exceeded previous modeling predictions when sporadic and substantial enhancements occurred, potentially causing profound effects on particulate matter formation and local air quality.

  4. Atmospheric ammonia measurements in Houston, TX using an external-cavity quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    L. Gong

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the current understanding of the dynamics of ammonia (NH3 in a major industrial and urban area, intensive measurements of atmospheric NH3 were conducted in Houston during two sampling periods (12 February 2010–1 March 2010 and 5 August 2010–25 September 2010. The measurements were performed with a 10.4-μm external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL-based sensor employing conventional photo-acoustic spectroscopy. The mixing ratio of NH3 ranged from 0.1 to 8.7 ppb with a mean of 2.4 ± 1.2 ppb in winter and ranged from 0.2 to 27.1 ppb with a mean of 3.1 ± 2.9 ppb in summer. The larger levels in summer probably are due to higher ambient temperature. A notable morning increase and a mid-day decrease were observed in the diurnal profile of NH3 mixing ratios. Motor vehicles were found to be major contributors to the elevated levels during morning rush hours in winter. However, changes in vehicular catalytic converter performance and other local or regional emission sources from different wind directions governed the behavior of NH3 during morning rush hours in summer. There was a large amount of variability, particularly in summer, with several episodes of elevated NH3 mixing ratios that could be linked to industrial facilities. A considerable discrepancy in NH3 mixing ratios existed between weekdays and weekends. This study suggests that NH3 mixing ratios in Houston occasionally exceeded previous modeling predictions when sporadic and substantial enhancements occurred, potentially causing profound effects on particulate matter formation and local air quality.

  5. External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser Spectroscopy for Mid-IR Transmission Measurements of Proteins in Aqueous Solution.

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    Alcaráz, Mirta R; Schwaighofer, Andreas; Kristament, Christian; Ramer, Georg; Brandstetter, Markus; Goicoechea, Héctor; Lendl, Bernhard

    2015-07-01

    In this work, we report mid-IR transmission measurements of the protein amide I band in aqueous solution at large optical paths. A tunable external-cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) operated in pulsed mode at room temperature allowed one to apply a path length of up to 38 μm, which is four times larger than that applicable with conventional FT-IR spectrometers. To minimize temperature-induced variations caused by background absorption of the ν2-vibration of water (HOH-bending) overlapping with the amide I region, a highly stable temperature control unit with relative temperature stability within 0.005 °C was developed. An advanced data processing protocol was established to overcome fluctuations in the fine structure of the emission curve that are inherent to the employed EC-QCL due to its mechanical instabilities. To allow for wavenumber accuracy, a spectral calibration method has been elaborated to reference the acquired IR spectra to the absolute positions of the water vapor absorption bands. Employing this setup, characteristic spectral features of five well-studied proteins exhibiting different secondary structures could be measured at concentrations as low as 2.5 mg mL(-1). This concentration range could previously only be accessed by IR measurements in D2O. Mathematical evaluation of the spectral overlap and comparison of second derivative spectra confirm excellent agreement of the QCL transmission measurements with protein spectra acquired by FT-IR spectroscopy. This proves the potential of the applied setup to monitor secondary structure changes of proteins in aqueous solution at extended optical path lengths, which allow experiments in flow through configuration. PMID:26059222

  6. Atmospheric ammonia measurements in Houston, TX using an external cavity-quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    Gong, L.; Lewicki, R.; Griffin, R. J.; Flynn, J. H.; Lefer, B. L.; Tittel, F. K.

    2010-12-01

    Ammonia (NH3) plays a significant role in atmospheric chemistry. It has many anthropogenic (e.g., agricultural crops and mineral fertilizers) and natural sources (e.g., animals, oceans, and vegetation) in the environment. In certain areas, industrial and motor vehicle activities also can contribute to increases in atmospheric NH3 levels. From a perspective of environmental concern, NH3 is a precursor of particulate matter (PM) because it can lead to production of ammonium salts (e.g., (NH4)2SO4 and NH4NO3) through chemical reactions with sulfuric and nitric acid. As a result, the abundance of NH3 in the atmosphere has a great impact on aerosol nucleation and composition. Despite this, NH3 is not regulated. It is crucial, however, to improve our understanding of the dynamics of NH3 in an industrial and urban area such as Greater Houston where atmospheric NH3 data are limited. In this study, a 10.4 µm external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL)-based sensor was developed and utilized. To monitor atmospheric NH3 at trace gas concentration levels, an amplitude modulated photo-acoustic spectroscopy (AM-PAS) technique was employed. The minimum detection limit obtained from the sensor is ~1.5 ppb for a 5-second data acquisition time. After averaging data over 300 seconds a sub-ppb NH3 concentration level can be achieved. The NH3 sensor has been deployed on the roof of a ~60-meter-high building (North Moody Tower) located on the University of Houston campus since November 2009. Several episodes of high NH3 concentrations were observed. For example, the sensor recorded a significant and lasting increase in NH3 concentrations (~21 ppb) on August 14, 2010, when a major accident occurred during the same time period on the Gulf Freeway (I-45) in Houston only 2 miles from the sampling site. The elevated concentration levels are assumed to be associated with NH3 generation from a chemical fire resulting from the collision involving two 18-wheelers, one carrying fertilizer

  7. Enhancing the sensitivity of mid-IR quantum cascade laser-based cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy using RF current perturbation.

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    Manfred, Katherine M; Kirkbride, James M R; Ciaffoni, Luca; Peverall, Robert; Ritchie, Grant A D

    2014-12-15

    The sensitivity of mid-IR quantum cascade laser (QCL) off-axis cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (CEAS), often limited by cavity mode structure and diffraction losses, was enhanced by applying a broadband RF noise to the laser current. A pump-probe measurement demonstrated that the addition of bandwidth-limited white noise effectively increased the laser linewidth, thereby reducing mode structure associated with CEAS. The broadband noise source offers a more sensitive, more robust alternative to applying single-frequency noise to the laser. Analysis of CEAS measurements of a CO(2) absorption feature at 1890  cm(-1) averaged over 100 ms yielded a minimum detectable absorption of 5.5×10(-3)  Hz(-1/2) in the presence of broadband RF perturbation, nearly a tenfold improvement over the unperturbed regime. The short acquisition time makes this technique suitable for breath applications requiring breath-by-breath gas concentration information. PMID:25503003

  8. The development and applications of terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Linfield, E.; Li, L; Dean, P.; Davies, AG

    2014-01-01

    This paper will review the development of terahertz frequency quantum cascade lasers, including the achievement of >1W output powers. It will also discuss selfmixing imaging, where the laser cavity is used as a coherent detector.

  9. High power, widely tunable, mode-hop free, continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade laser for multi-species trace gas detection

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    Centeno, R.; Marchenko, D.; Mandon, J.; Cristescu, S. M.; Harren, F. J. M., E-mail: F.Harren@science.ru.nl [Life Science Trace Gas Facility, Molecular and Laser Physics, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, P.O. Box 9010, NL-6500 GL Nijmegen (Netherlands); Wulterkens, G. [TechnoCentrum, Radboud University, Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    2014-12-29

    We present a high power, widely tunable, continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade laser designed for infrared vibrational spectroscopy of molecules exhibiting broadband and single line absorption features. The laser source exhibits single mode operation with a tunability up to 303 cm{sup −1} (∼24% of the center wavelength) at 8 μm, with a maximum optical output power of 200 mW. In combination with off-axis integrated output spectroscopy, trace-gas detection of broadband absorption gases such as acetone was performed and a noise equivalent absorption sensitivity of 3.7 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1 }Hz{sup −1/2} was obtained.

  10. Ultrasensitive detection of nitric oxide at 5.33 μm by using external cavity quantum cascade laser-based Faraday rotation spectroscopy

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    Lewicki, Rafał; Doty, James H.; Curl, Robert F.; Tittel, Frank K.; Wysocki, Gerard

    2009-01-01

    A transportable prototype Faraday rotation spectroscopic system based on a tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser has been developed for ultrasensitive detection of nitric oxide (NO). A broadly tunable laser source allows targeting the optimum Q3/2(3/2) molecular transition at 1875.81 cm−1 of the NO fundamental band. For an active optical path of 44 cm and 1-s lock-in time constant minimum NO detection limits (1σ) of 4.3 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) and 0.38 ppbv are obtained by using a thermoelectrically cooled mercury–cadmium–telluride photodetector and liquid nitrogen-cooled indium–antimonide photodetector, respectively. Laboratory performance evaluation and results of continuous, unattended monitoring of atmospheric NO concentration levels are reported. PMID:19625625

  11. High power, widely tunable, mode-hop free, continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade laser for multi-species trace gas detection

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    We present a high power, widely tunable, continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade laser designed for infrared vibrational spectroscopy of molecules exhibiting broadband and single line absorption features. The laser source exhibits single mode operation with a tunability up to 303 cm−1 (∼24% of the center wavelength) at 8 μm, with a maximum optical output power of 200 mW. In combination with off-axis integrated output spectroscopy, trace-gas detection of broadband absorption gases such as acetone was performed and a noise equivalent absorption sensitivity of 3.7 × 10−8 cm−1 Hz−1/2 was obtained

  12. Quantum dot cascade laser

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    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated an unambiguous quantum dot cascade laser based on InGaAs/GaAs/InAs/InAlAs heterostructure by making use of self-assembled quantum dots in the Stranski-Krastanow growth mode and two-step strain compensation active region design. The prototype generates stimulated emission at λ ~ 6.15 μm and a broad electroluminescence band with full width at half maximum over 3 μm. The characteristic temperature for the threshold current density within the temperature range of 82 to 162 K is up to 400 K. Moreover, our materials show the strong perpendicular mid-infrared response at about 1,900 cm-1. These results are very promising for extending the present laser concept to terahertz quantum cascade laser, which would lead to room temperature operation. PACS 42.55.Px; 78.55.Cr; 78.67.Hc PMID:24666965

  13. Quantum dot cascade laser

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    Zhuo, Ning; Liu, Feng Qi; Zhang, Jin Chuan; Wang, Li Jun; Liu, Jun Qi; Zhai, Shen Qiang; Wang, Zhan Guo

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated an unambiguous quantum dot cascade laser based on InGaAs/GaAs/InAs/InAlAs heterostructure by making use of self-assembled quantum dots in the Stranski-Krastanow growth mode and two-step strain compensation active region design. The prototype generates stimulated emission at λ ~ 6.15 μm and a broad electroluminescence band with full width at half maximum over 3 μm. The characteristic temperature for the threshold current density within the temperature range of 82 to 162 K is up...

  14. Interband cascade lasers

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    Vurgaftman, I.; Weih, R.; Kamp, M.; Meyer, J. R.; Canedy, C. L.; Kim, C. S.; Kim, M.; Bewley, W. W.; Merritt, C. D.; Abell, J.; Höfling, S.

    2015-04-01

    We review the current status of interband cascade lasers (ICLs) emitting in the midwave infrared (IR). The ICL may be considered the hybrid of a conventional diode laser that generates photons via electron-hole recombination, and an intersubband-based quantum cascade laser (QCL) that stacks multiple stages for enhanced current efficiency. Following a brief historical overview, we discuss theoretical aspects of the active region and core designs, growth by molecular beam epitaxy, and the processing of broad-area, narrow-ridge, and distributed feedback (DFB) devices. We then review the experimental performance of pulsed broad area ICLs, as well as the continuous-wave (cw) characteristics of narrow ridges having good beam quality and DFBs producing output in a single spectral mode. Because the threshold drive powers are far lower than those of QCLs throughout the λ = 3-6 µm spectral band, ICLs are increasingly viewed as the laser of choice for mid-IR laser spectroscopy applications that do not require high output power but need to be hand-portable and/or battery operated. Demonstrated ICL performance characteristics to date include threshold current densities as low as 106 A cm-2 at room temperature (RT), cw threshold drive powers as low as 29 mW at RT, maximum cw operating temperatures as high as 118 °C, maximum cw output powers exceeding 400 mW at RT, maximum cw wallplug efficiencies as high as 18% at RT, maximum cw single-mode output powers as high as 55 mW at RT, and single-mode output at λ = 5.2 µm with a cw drive power of only 138 mW at RT.

  15. Interband cascade lasers

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    We review the current status of interband cascade lasers (ICLs) emitting in the midwave infrared (IR). The ICL may be considered the hybrid of a conventional diode laser that generates photons via electron–hole recombination, and an intersubband-based quantum cascade laser (QCL) that stacks multiple stages for enhanced current efficiency. Following a brief historical overview, we discuss theoretical aspects of the active region and core designs, growth by molecular beam epitaxy, and the processing of broad-area, narrow-ridge, and distributed feedback (DFB) devices. We then review the experimental performance of pulsed broad area ICLs, as well as the continuous-wave (cw) characteristics of narrow ridges having good beam quality and DFBs producing output in a single spectral mode. Because the threshold drive powers are far lower than those of QCLs throughout the λ = 3–6 µm spectral band, ICLs are increasingly viewed as the laser of choice for mid-IR laser spectroscopy applications that do not require high output power but need to be hand-portable and/or battery operated. Demonstrated ICL performance characteristics to date include threshold current densities as low as 106 A cm−2 at room temperature (RT), cw threshold drive powers as low as 29 mW at RT, maximum cw operating temperatures as high as 118 °C, maximum cw output powers exceeding 400 mW at RT, maximum cw wallplug efficiencies as high as 18% at RT, maximum cw single-mode output powers as high as 55 mW at RT, and single-mode output at λ = 5.2 µm with a cw drive power of only 138 mW at RT. (topical review)

  16. Application of a ring cavity surface emitting quantum cascade laser (RCSE-QCL) on the measurement of H2S in a CH4 matrix for process analytics.

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    Moser, Harald; Genner, Andreas; Ofner, Johannes; Schwarzer, C; Strasser, Gottfried; Lendl, Bernhard

    2016-03-21

    The present work reports on the first application of a ring-cavity-surface-emitting quantum-cascade laser (RCSE-QCL) for sensitive gas measurements. RCSE-QCLs are promising candidates for optical gas-sensing due to their single-mode, mode-hop-free and narrow-band emission characteristics along with their broad spectral coverage. The time resolved down-chirp of the RCSE-QCL in the 1227-1236 cm-1 (8.15-8.09 µm) spectral range was investigated using a step-scan FT-IR spectrometer (Bruker Vertex 80v) with 2 ns time and 0.1 cm-1 spectral resolution. The pulse repetition rate was set between 20 and 200 kHz and the laser device was cooled to 15-17°C. Employing 300 ns pulses a spectrum of ~1.5 cm-1 could be recorded. Under these laser operation conditions and a gas pressure of 1000 mbar a limit of detection (3σ) of 1.5 ppmv for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in nitrogen was achieved using a 100 m Herriott cell and a thermoelectric cooled MCT detector for absorption measurements. Using 3 µs long pulses enabled to further extend the spectral bandwidth to 8.5 cm-1. Based on this increased spectral coverage and employing reduced pressure conditions (50 mbar) multiple peaks of the target analyte H2S as well as methane (CH4) could be examined within one single pulse. PMID:27136847

  17. Hybrid vertical cavity laser

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    Chung, Il-Sug; Mørk, Jesper

    2010-01-01

    A new hybrid vertical cavity laser structure for silicon photonics is suggested and numerically investigated. It incorporates a silicon subwavelength grating as a mirror and a lateral output coupler to a silicon ridge waveguide.......A new hybrid vertical cavity laser structure for silicon photonics is suggested and numerically investigated. It incorporates a silicon subwavelength grating as a mirror and a lateral output coupler to a silicon ridge waveguide....

  18. Short-lived species detection of nitrous acid by external-cavity quantum cascade laser based quartz-enhanced photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy

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    Spectroscopic detection of short-lived gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) at 1254.85 cm−1 was realized by off-beam coupled quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) in conjunction with an external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL). High sensitivity monitoring of HONO was performed within a very small gas-sample volume (of ∼40 mm3) allowing a significant reduction (of about 4 orders of magnitude) of air sampling residence time which is highly desired for accurate quantification of chemically reactive short-lived species. Calibration of the developed QEPAS-based HONO sensor was carried out by means of lab-generated HONO samples whose concentrations were determined by direct absorption spectroscopy involving a ∼109.5 m multipass cell and a distributed feedback QCL. A minimum detection limit (MDL) of 66 ppbv (1 σ) HONO was achieved at 70 mbar using a laser output power of 50 mW and 1 s integration time, which corresponded to a normalized noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 3.6 × 10−8 cm−1 W/Hz1/2. This MDL was down to 7 ppbv at the optimal integration time of 150 s. The corresponding 1σ minimum detected absorption coefficient is ∼1.1 × 10−7 cm−1 (MDL ∼ 3 ppbv) in 1 s and ∼1.1 × 10−8 cm−1 (MDL ∼ 330 pptv) in 150 s, respectively, with 1 W laser power

  19. Short-lived species detection of nitrous acid by external-cavity quantum cascade laser based quartz-enhanced photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy

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    Yi, Hongming [Laboratoire de Physicochimie de l' Atmosphère, Université du Littoral Côte d' Opale, 189A, Av. Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France); Laboratory of Atmospheric Physico-Chemistry, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1125, 350 Shushanhu Road, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Maamary, Rabih; Fertein, Eric; Chen, Weidong, E-mail: chen@univ-littoral.fr [Laboratoire de Physicochimie de l' Atmosphère, Université du Littoral Côte d' Opale, 189A, Av. Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France); Gao, Xiaoming [Laboratory of Atmospheric Physico-Chemistry, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1125, 350 Shushanhu Road, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Sigrist, Markus W. [ETH Zurich, Institute for Quantum Electronics, HPT H4.1, Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland)

    2015-03-09

    Spectroscopic detection of short-lived gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) at 1254.85 cm{sup −1} was realized by off-beam coupled quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) in conjunction with an external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL). High sensitivity monitoring of HONO was performed within a very small gas-sample volume (of ∼40 mm{sup 3}) allowing a significant reduction (of about 4 orders of magnitude) of air sampling residence time which is highly desired for accurate quantification of chemically reactive short-lived species. Calibration of the developed QEPAS-based HONO sensor was carried out by means of lab-generated HONO samples whose concentrations were determined by direct absorption spectroscopy involving a ∼109.5 m multipass cell and a distributed feedback QCL. A minimum detection limit (MDL) of 66 ppbv (1 σ) HONO was achieved at 70 mbar using a laser output power of 50 mW and 1 s integration time, which corresponded to a normalized noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 3.6 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1} W/Hz{sup 1/2}. This MDL was down to 7 ppbv at the optimal integration time of 150 s. The corresponding 1σ minimum detected absorption coefficient is ∼1.1 × 10{sup −7 }cm{sup −1} (MDL ∼ 3 ppbv) in 1 s and ∼1.1 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1} (MDL ∼ 330 pptv) in 150 s, respectively, with 1 W laser power.

  20. Infrared Scattering Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy Using An External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser For Nanoscale Chemical Imaging And Spectroscopy of Explosive Residues

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    Craig, Ian M.; Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Josberger, Erik E.; Raschke, Markus Bernd

    2013-02-04

    Infrared scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) is an apertureless superfocusing technique that uses the antenna properties of a conducting atomic force microscope (AFM) tip to achieve infrared spatial resolution below the diffraction limit. The instrument can be used either in imaging mode, where a fixed wavelength light source is tuned to a molecular resonance and the AFM raster scans an image, or in spectroscopy mode where the AFM is held stationary over a feature of interest and the light frequency is varied to obtain a spectrum. In either case, a strong, stable, coherent infrared source is required. Here we demonstrate the integration of a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) into an s-SNOM and use it to obtain infrared spectra of microcrystals of chemicals adsorbed onto gold substrates. Residues of the explosive compound tetryl was deposited onto gold substrates. s-SNOM experiments were performed in the 1260-1400 cm−1 tuning range of the ECQCL, corresponding to the NO2 symmetric stretch vibrational fingerprint region. Vibrational infrared spectra were collected on individual chemical domains with a collection area of *500nm2 and compared to ensemble averaged far-field reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) results.

  1. Real-time stand-off spatial detection and identification of gases and vapor using external-cavity quantum cascade laser open-path spectrometer

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    Aharoni, Ran; Ron, Izhar; Gilad, Nadav; Manor, Alon; Arav, Yehuda; Kendler, Shai

    2015-06-01

    An open-path spectrometer for fast spatial detection and identification of gaseous plumes in a realistic environmental conditions is presented. Gases are released in a 500 m3 hall; detection and identification is performed by spectroscopic means-measuring the light spectral absorption (at 8 to 10 μm) by shining an external-cavity quantum cascade laser beam through the inspected volume. Real-time identification is demonstrated for gas plumes of CH2FCF3 (R134a) and CHF3 at a distance of 30 m round trip with a minimum identification level of 0.2 ppm (response times of 2 to 10 s). The relatively wide spectral coverage allows a high probability of detection (PD) and low probability for a false alarm to be obtained in these realistic conditions. It is also demonstrated that the use of several lines-of-sight improves PD as gas spreading in the hall in these conditions is slow and unpredictable.

  2. Laser cavity modelling

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    Damakoa, I.; Audounet, J.; Bouyssou, G.; Vassilieff, G.

    1993-01-01

    Two approachs of modelling nonhomogeneous cavity laser are presented. They are based on the beam propagation method which allows the use of fast Fourier transform (FFT). The resulting procedures provide selfconsistent solutions to the Maxwell and diffusion equations. Results are given to illustrate the two methods.


  3. Modeling techniques for quantum cascade lasers

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    Jirauschek, Christian [Institute for Nanoelectronics, Technische Universität München, D-80333 Munich (Germany); Kubis, Tillmann [Network for Computational Nanotechnology, Purdue University, 207 S Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)

    2014-03-15

    Quantum cascade lasers are unipolar semiconductor lasers covering a wide range of the infrared and terahertz spectrum. Lasing action is achieved by using optical intersubband transitions between quantized states in specifically designed multiple-quantum-well heterostructures. A systematic improvement of quantum cascade lasers with respect to operating temperature, efficiency, and spectral range requires detailed modeling of the underlying physical processes in these structures. Moreover, the quantum cascade laser constitutes a versatile model device for the development and improvement of simulation techniques in nano- and optoelectronics. This review provides a comprehensive survey and discussion of the modeling techniques used for the simulation of quantum cascade lasers. The main focus is on the modeling of carrier transport in the nanostructured gain medium, while the simulation of the optical cavity is covered at a more basic level. Specifically, the transfer matrix and finite difference methods for solving the one-dimensional Schrödinger equation and Schrödinger-Poisson system are discussed, providing the quantized states in the multiple-quantum-well active region. The modeling of the optical cavity is covered with a focus on basic waveguide resonator structures. Furthermore, various carrier transport simulation methods are discussed, ranging from basic empirical approaches to advanced self-consistent techniques. The methods include empirical rate equation and related Maxwell-Bloch equation approaches, self-consistent rate equation and ensemble Monte Carlo methods, as well as quantum transport approaches, in particular the density matrix and non-equilibrium Green's function formalism. The derived scattering rates and self-energies are generally valid for n-type devices based on one-dimensional quantum confinement, such as quantum well structures.

  4. Modeling techniques for quantum cascade lasers

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    Quantum cascade lasers are unipolar semiconductor lasers covering a wide range of the infrared and terahertz spectrum. Lasing action is achieved by using optical intersubband transitions between quantized states in specifically designed multiple-quantum-well heterostructures. A systematic improvement of quantum cascade lasers with respect to operating temperature, efficiency, and spectral range requires detailed modeling of the underlying physical processes in these structures. Moreover, the quantum cascade laser constitutes a versatile model device for the development and improvement of simulation techniques in nano- and optoelectronics. This review provides a comprehensive survey and discussion of the modeling techniques used for the simulation of quantum cascade lasers. The main focus is on the modeling of carrier transport in the nanostructured gain medium, while the simulation of the optical cavity is covered at a more basic level. Specifically, the transfer matrix and finite difference methods for solving the one-dimensional Schrödinger equation and Schrödinger-Poisson system are discussed, providing the quantized states in the multiple-quantum-well active region. The modeling of the optical cavity is covered with a focus on basic waveguide resonator structures. Furthermore, various carrier transport simulation methods are discussed, ranging from basic empirical approaches to advanced self-consistent techniques. The methods include empirical rate equation and related Maxwell-Bloch equation approaches, self-consistent rate equation and ensemble Monte Carlo methods, as well as quantum transport approaches, in particular the density matrix and non-equilibrium Green's function formalism. The derived scattering rates and self-energies are generally valid for n-type devices based on one-dimensional quantum confinement, such as quantum well structures

  5. Lens Coupled Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Hu, Qing (Inventor); Lee, Alan Wei Min (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    Terahertz quantum cascade (QC) devices are disclosed that can operate, e.g., in a range of about 1 THz to about 10 THz. In some embodiments, QC lasers are disclosed in which an optical element (e.g., a lens) is coupled to an output facet of the laser's active region to enhance coupling of the lasing radiation from the active region to an external environment. In other embodiments, terahertz amplifier and tunable terahertz QC lasers are disclosed.

  6. Nanowire terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Quantum cascade lasers made of nanowire axial heterostructures are proposed. The dissipative quantum dynamics of their carriers is theoretically investigated using non-equilibrium Green functions. Their transport and gain properties are calculated for varying nanowire thickness, from the classical-wire regime to the quantum-wire regime. Our calculation shows that the lateral quantum confinement provided by the nanowires allows an increase of the maximum operation temperature and a strong reduction of the current density threshold compared to conventional terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

  7. Injectorless quantum-cascade lasers

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    An 'injectorless' quantum-cascade (QC) laser is presented. The requirement of using injector regions to transport electrons from the lower laser level and other low-lying energy levels of one active region to the upper laser level of the next electron-downstream active region was eliminated by using an appropriately designed double-quantum-well 'chirped' superlattice active region. The major advantage of the 'injectorless' QC laser is the close packing of the active regions and the concomitant large optical confinement factor. Using a cascade of 75 consecutive active regions, designed for emission at λ=11.5μm, a pulsed peak output power of 270 mW is achieved at 7 K and approximately 10 mW at the maximum operating temperature of 195 K. [copyright] 2001 American Institute of Physics

  8. Progress towards photonic crystal quantum cascade laser

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    Walker, C L; Farmer, C. D.; Stanley, C. R.; Ironside, C. N.

    2004-01-01

    The work describes recent progress in the design, simulation, implementation and characterisation of photonic crystal (PhC) GaAs-based quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). The benefits of applying active PhC confinement around a QCL cavity are explained, highlighting a route to reduced threshold current operation. Design of a suitable PhC has been performed using published bandgap maps; simulation results of this PhC show a wide, high reflectivity stopband. Implementation of the PhC for the device ...

  9. Application of External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Infrared Lasers to Nanosecond Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy of Condensed-Phase Samples Following Pulse Radiolysis

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    Pulse radiolysis, utilizing short pulses of high-energy electrons from accelerators, is a powerful method for rapidly generating reduced or oxidized species and other free radicals in solution. Combined with fast time-resolved spectroscopic detection (typically in the ultraviolet/visible/near-infrared), it is invaluable for monitoring the reactivity of species subjected to radiolysis on timescales ranging from picoseconds to seconds. However, it is often difficult to identify the transient intermediates definitively due to a lack of structural information in the spectral bands. Time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy offers the structural specificity necessary for mechanistic investigations but has received only limited application in pulse radiolysis experiments. For example, time-resolved infrared (TRIR) spectroscopy has only been applied to a handful of gas-phase studies, limited mainly by several technical challenges. We have exploited recent developments in commercial external-cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) technology to construct a nanosecond TRIR apparatus that has allowed, for the first time, TRIR spectra to be recorded following pulse radiolysis of condensed-phase samples. Near single-shot sensitivity of DeltaOD <1 x 10(-3) has been achieved, with a response time of <20 ns. Using two continuous-wave EC-QCLs, the current apparatus covers a probe region from 1890-2084 cm(-1), and TRIR spectra are acquired on a point-by-point basis by recording transient absorption decay traces at specific IR wavelengths and combining these to generate spectral time slices. The utility of the apparatus has been demonstrated by monitoring the formation and decay of the one-electron reduced form of the CO(2) reduction catalyst, (Re(I)(bpy)(CO)(3)(CH(3)CN))(+), in acetonitrile with nanosecond time resolution following pulse radiolysis. Characteristic red-shifting of the nu(CO) IR bands confirmed that one-electron reduction of the complex took place. The availability of

  10. Hyperuniform disordered terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Degl'Innocenti, R.; Shah, Y. D.; Masini, L.; Ronzani, A.; Pitanti, A.; Ren, Y.; Jessop, D. S.; Tredicucci, A.; Beere, H. E.; Ritchie, D. A.

    2016-01-01

    Laser cavities have been realized in various different photonic systems. One of the forefront research fields regards the investigation of the physics of amplifying random optical media. The random laser is a fascinating concept because, further to the fundamental research investigating light transport into complex media, it allows us to obtain non-conventional spectral distribution and angular beam emission patterns not achievable with conventional approaches. Even more intriguing is the possibility to engineer a priori the optical properties of a disordered distribution in an amplifying medium. We demonstrate here the realization of a terahertz quantum cascade laser in an isotropic hyperuniform disordered distribution exhibiting unique features, such as the presence of a photonic band gap, low threshold current density, unconventional angular emission and optical bistability.

  11. DFB Quantum Cascade Laser Arrays

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    Lee, Benjamin G.; Belkin, Mikhail A.; Pflügl, Christian; Diehl, Laurent; Zhang, Haifei; Audet, Ross M.; MacArthur, Jim B.; Bour, David P.; Corzine, Scott W.; Höfler, Gloria E.; Capasso, Federico

    2009-01-01

    DFB quantum cascade laser (DFB-QCL) arrays operating between 8.7 and 9.4 mum are investigated for their performance characteristics-single-mode selection of the DFB grating, and variability in threshold, slope efficiency, and output power of different lasers in the array. Single-mode selection refers to the ability to choose a desired mode/frequency of laser emission with a DFB grating. We apply a theoretical framework developed for general DFB gratings to analyze DFB-QCL arrays. We calculate...

  12. Compact Quantum Cascade Laser Transmitter

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    Anheier, Norman C.; Hatchell, Brian K.; Gervais, Kevin L.; Wojcik, Michael D.; Krishnaswami, Kannan; Bernacki, Bruce E.

    2009-04-01

    ): In this paper we present design considerations, thermal and optical modeling results, and device performance for a ruggedized, compact laser transmitter that utilizes a room temperature quantum cascade (QC) laser source. The QC laser transmitter is intended for portable mid-infrared (3-12 µm) spectroscopy applications, where the atmospheric transmission window is relatively free of water vapor interference and where the molecular rotational vibration absorption features can be used to detect and uniquely identify chemical compounds of interest. Initial QC laser-based sensor development efforts were constrained by the complications of cryogenic operation. However, improvements in both QC laser designs and fabrication processes have provided room-temperature devices that now enable significant miniaturization and integration potential for national security, environmental monitoring, atmospheric science, and industrial safety applications.

  13. Analysis of boson cascade laser characteristics

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    Ivanov, K. A.; Kaliteevskaya, N. A.; Gubaidullin, A. R.; Kaliteevski, M. A.

    2015-11-01

    The dependence of the level population on pumping in a boson cascade laser has been theoretically studied. Analytical expressions for the population of various cascade levels and the terahertz mode below and above the pumping threshold are obtained. Formulas for the pumping threshold and external quantum efficiency of the boson cascade laser are derived.

  14. Long wavelength quantum cascade lasers

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    The aim of this work is the extension of the concept of quantum cascade lasers towards longer wavelengths and the exploration of quantum cascade emission in the terahertz frequency regime. The first step is the realization of quantum cascade lasers based on GaAs/AlGaAs chirped superlattice active regions with photon energies above the longitudinal optical (LO-) phonon energy. These lasers push the long wavelength limit of GaAs-based quantum cascade lasers (previously at 13) to 23 micrometers. The 23-micrometer device is the first GaAs based quantum cascade laser with a metal surface plasmon waveguide. This waveguide scheme allows a reduction of the thickness of the epitaxially grown layer system and is therefore appropriate for long wavelength lasers. The measured threshold current densities reflect the differences in intersubband lifetimes and waveguide losses close to the LO-phonon energy. The major part of this thesis is devoted to the terahertz regime, i.e. the photon energy range below the LO-phonon energy. The intersubband scattering rate is no longer governed by LO-phonon emission from electrons at zero in-plane momentum, but disorder related scattering and electron-electron scattering come into play. Terahertz quantum cascade structures are designed, fabricated, and experimentally examined. Narrow linewidth (1.3 millielectronvolts) spontaneous emission is detected at a photon energy of 17.3 millielectronvolts (λ = 72 micrometers). To achieve population inversion the intersubband scattering rates have to be carefully engineered. Three strategies to manipulate the non-radiative rate are demonstrated: (1) Magnetic field quantization of the electronic motion reduces non-radiative scattering. Magneto-intersubband oscillations caused by inter-Landau-level transitions allow to determine the optical transition energy independently of the emission. (2) A reduction of the spatial overlap of initial and final subband by a barrier in an interwell transition causes a

  15. High resolution spectroscopy of silane with an external-cavity quantum cascade laser: Absolute line strengths of the ν3 fundamental band at 4.6μm

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    The introduction of room temperature continuous wave external-cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) with narrow linewidths has greatly facilitated high resolution spectroscopy over wide spectral ranges in the mid-infrared (MIR) region. Using the wide tuning range of an EC-QCL we have measured the absolute line strengths of many P-branch transitions of the stretching dyad of the ν3 fundamental band of 28SiH4 between 2096 and 2178 cm−1. Furthermore, the high spectral resolution available has enabled us to resolve and measure representative examples of the tetrahedral splittings associated with each component of the P-branch. The positions of these components are in excellent agreement with spherical top data system (STDS) predictions and theoretical transitions from the TDS spectroscopic database for spherical top molecules. These are the first measurements of these line strengths of 28SiH4 and are an example of the applicability of high-powered, widely tunable EC-QCLs to high resolution spectroscopy. - Highlights: • We measured the line strengths of transitions of the ν3 fundamental of 28SiH4. • We used a cw external-cavity quantum cascade laser with narrow linewidth. • The high resolution available enabled us to resolve the tetrahedral splittings. • We observe excellent agreement with spherical top data system predictions. • Excellent agreement with TDS spectroscopic database for spherical top molecules

  16. Cascaded combiners for a high power CW fiber laser

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    Tan, Qirui; Ge, Tingwu; Zhang, Xuexia; Wang, Zhiyong

    2016-02-01

    We report cascaded combiners for a high power continuous wave (CW) fiber laser in this paper. The cascaded combiners are fabricated with an improved lateral splicing process. During the fusing process, there is no stress or tension between the pump fiber and the double-cladding fiber. Thus, the parameters of the combiner are better than those that have been reported. The coupling efficiency is 98.5%, and the signal insertion loss is 1%. The coupling efficiency of the cascaded combiners is 97.5%. The pump lights are individually coupled into the double-cladding fiber via five combiners. The thermal effects cannot cause damage to the combiners and the cascaded combiners can operate stably in high power CW fiber lasers. We also develop a high power CW fiber laser that generates a maximum 780 W of CW signal power at 1080 nm with 71% optical-to-optical conversion efficiency. The fiber laser is pumped via five intra-cavity cascaded combiners and five extra-cavity cascaded combiners with a maximum pump power of 1096 W and a pump wavelength of 975 nm.

  17. High power quantum cascade lasers

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    We report the most recent state-of-art quantum cascade laser results at wavelengths around 4.8 and 10 μm. At 4.8 μm, a room temperature wall plug efficiency (WPE) of 22 and 15.5% are obtained in pulsed mode and continuous wave (cw) mode, respectively. Room temperature cw output power reaches 3.4 W. The same laser design is able to reach a WPE of 36% at 120 K in pulsed mode. At 10 μm, room temperature average power of 2.2 W and cw power of 0.62 W are obtained. We also explore lasers utilizing the photonic crystal distributed feedback mechanism, and we demonstrate up to 12 W peak power operation at three different wavelengths around 4.7 μm with a waveguide width of 100 μm and diffraction limited beam quality.

  18. Lateral Modes in Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Gregory C. Dente

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We will examine the waveguide mode losses in ridge-guided quantum cascade lasers. Our analysis illustrates how the low-loss mode for broad-ridge quantum cascade lasers (QCLs can be a higher-order lateral waveguide mode that maximizes the feedback from the sloped ridge-wall regions. The results are in excellent agreement with the near- and far-field data taken on broad-ridge-guided quantum cascade lasers processed with sloped ridge walls.

  19. Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs

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    Faist, Jérôme; Villares, Gustavo; Scalari, Giacomo; Rösch, Markus; Bonzon, Christopher; Hugi, Andreas; Beck, Mattias

    2015-01-01

    It was recently demonstrated that broadband quantum cascade lasers can operate as frequency combs. As such, they operate under direct electrical pumping at both mid-infrared and THz frequencies, making them very attractive for dual-comb spectroscopy. Performance levels are continuously improving, with average powers over 100 mW and frequency coverage of 100 cm$^{-1}$ in the mid-infrared. In the THz range, 10 mW of average power and 600 GHz of frequency coverage are reported. As a result of th...

  20. Position and mode dependent coupling of terahertz quantum cascade laser fields to an integrated diode

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    Dyer, Gregory C; Cich, Michael J; Ribaudo, Troy; Grine, Albert D; Fuller, Charles T; Reno, John L; Wanke, Michael C

    2016-01-01

    A Schottky diode integrated into a terahertz quantum cascade laser waveguide couples directly to the internal laser fields. In a multimode laser, the diode response is correlated with both the instantaneous power and the coupling strength to the diode of each lasing mode. Measurements of the rectified response of diodes integrated in two quantum cascade laser cavities at different locations indicate that the relative diode position strongly influences the laser-diode coupling.

  1. Red-green-blue laser emission from cascaded polymer membranes

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    Zhai, Tianrui; Wang, Yonglu; Chen, Li; Wu, Xiaofeng; Li, Songtao; Zhang, Xinping

    2015-11-01

    Red-green-blue polymer laser emission is achieved in a free-standing membrane device consisting of three distributed feedback cavities. The polymer membrane is fabricated via interference lithography and a simple lift-off process. Multilayer structures can be assembled by cascading several polymer membranes. Thus optically pumped, simultaneous, red-green-blue laser emission is obtained from a three-layer cascaded membrane structure. This simple and low-cost fabrication technique can be used for compact, integrated laser sources.Red-green-blue polymer laser emission is achieved in a free-standing membrane device consisting of three distributed feedback cavities. The polymer membrane is fabricated via interference lithography and a simple lift-off process. Multilayer structures can be assembled by cascading several polymer membranes. Thus optically pumped, simultaneous, red-green-blue laser emission is obtained from a three-layer cascaded membrane structure. This simple and low-cost fabrication technique can be used for compact, integrated laser sources. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05965h

  2. Monte Carlo study of carrier-light coupling in terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Jirauschek, Christian

    2011-01-01

    We present a method for self-consistently including the optical cavity field into Monte Carlo-based carrier transport simulations. This approach allows for an analysis of the actual lasing operation in quantum cascade lasers, considering effects such as gain saturation and longitudinal mode competition. Simulation results for a terahertz quantum cascade laser are found to be consistent with experiment.

  3. Physics of interband cascade lasers

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    Vurgaftman, I.; Bewley, W. W.; Merritt, C. D.; Canedy, C. L.; Kim, C. S.; Abell, J.; Meyer, J. R.; Kim, M.

    2012-01-01

    The interband cascade laser (ICL) is a unique device concept that combines the effective parallel connection of its multiple-quantum-well active regions, interband active transitions, and internal generation of electrons and holes at a semimetallic interface within each stage of the device. The internal generation of carriers becomes effective under bias, and the role of electrical injection is to replenish the carriers consumed by recombination processes. Major strides have been made toward fundamentally understanding the rich and intricate ICL physics, which has in turn led to dramatic improvements in the device performance. In this article, we review the physical principles of the ICL operation and designs of the active region, electron and hole injectors, and optical waveguide. The results for state-of- the-art ICLs spanning the 3-6 μm wavelength range are also briefly reviewed. The cw threshold input powers at room temperature are more than an order of magnitude lower than those for quantum cascade lasers throughout the mid-IR spectral range. This will lengthen battery lifetimes and greatly relax packaging and size/weight requirements for fielded sensing systems.

  4. Micro-cavity lasers with large device size for directional emission

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    Yan, Chang-ling; Li, Peng; Shi, Jian-wei; Feng, Yuan; Hao, Yong-qin; Zhu, Dongda

    2014-10-01

    Optical micro-cavity structures, which can confine light in a small mode volume with high quality factors, have become an important platform not only for optoelectronic applications with densely integrated optical components, but also for fundamental studies such as cavity quantum electrodynamics and nonlinear optical processes. Micro-cavity lasers with directional emission feature are becoming a promising resonator for the compact laser application. In this paper, we presented the limason-shaped cavity laser with large device size, and fabricated this type of micro-cavity laser with quantum cascade laser material. The micro-cavity laser with large device size was fabricated by using InP based InGaAs/InAlAs quantum cascade lasers material at about 10um emitting wavelength, and the micro-cavity lasers with the large device size were manufactured and characterized with light output power, threshold current, and the far-field pattern.

  5. Emission spectra of terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Antonov, A V; Gavrilenko, V. I.; Ikonnikov, A. V.; Maremyanin, K. V.; Lastovkin, A. A.; Morozov, S. V.; Ushakov, D.V.; Sadofyev, Yu. G.; N. Samal

    2009-01-01

    We calculated energy levels, wave functions, and energies of radiative transitions in terahertz quantum cascade lasers based on GaAs/Al0.15Ga0.85As heterostructures. Current-voltage characteristics and current dependences of laser radiation intensity were measured, and the maximum operating temperatures reaching 85 K were determined. Radiation spectra of quantum cascade lasers were measured for different temperatures, and the effect of intensity “pumping” from lowfrequency mode...

  6. Spectrally resolved far-fields of terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Brandstetter, Martin; Krall, Michael; Kainz, Martin A; Detz, Hermann; Zederbauer, Tobias; Andrews, Aaron M; Strasser, Gottfried; Unterrainer, Karl

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a convenient and fast method to measure the spectrally resolved far-fields of multimode terahertz quantum cascade lasers by combining a microbolometer focal plane array with an FTIR spectrometer. Far-fields of fundamental TM0 and higher lateral order TM1 modes of multimode Fabry-P\\'erot type lasers have been distinguished, which very well fit to the results obtained by a 3D finite-element simulation. Furthermore, multimode random laser cavities have been investigated, analyzing the contribution of each single laser mode to the total far-field. The presented method is thus an important tool to gain in-depth knowledge of the emission properties of multimode laser cavities at terahertz frequencies, which become increasingly important for future sensing applications.

  7. Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs

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    Faist, Jérôme; Villares, Gustavo; Scalari, Giacomo; Rösch, Markus; Bonzon, Christopher; Hugi, Andreas; Beck, Mattias

    2016-06-01

    It was recently demonstrated that broadband quantum cascade lasers can operate as frequency combs. As such, they operate under direct electrical pumping at both mid-infrared and THz frequencies, making them very attractive for dual-comb spectroscopy. Performance levels are continuously improving, with average powers over 100mW and frequency coverage of 100 cm-1 in the mid-infrared region. In the THz range, 10mW of average power and 600 GHz of frequency coverage are reported. As a result of the very short upper state lifetime of the gain medium, the mode proliferation in these sources arises from four-wave mixing rather than saturable absorption. As a result, their optical output is characterized by the tendency of small intensity modulation of the output power, and the relative phases of the modes to be similar to the ones of a frequency modulated laser. Recent results include the proof of comb operation down to a metrological level, the observation of a Schawlow-Townes broadened linewidth, as well as the first dual-comb spectroscopy measurements. The capability of the structure to integrate monothically nonlinear optical elements as well as to operate as a detector shows great promise for future chip integration of dual-comb systems.

  8. Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs

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    Faist, Jérôme; Scalari, Giacomo; Rösch, Markus; Bonzon, Christopher; Hugi, Andreas; Beck, Mattias

    2015-01-01

    It was recently demonstrated that broadband quantum cascade lasers can operate as frequency combs. As such, they operate under direct electrical pumping at both mid-infrared and THz frequencies, making them very attractive for dual-comb spectroscopy. Performance levels are continuously improving, with average powers over 100 mW and frequency coverage of 100 cm$^{-1}$ in the mid-infrared. In the THz range, 10 mW of average power and 600 GHz of frequency coverage are reported. As a result of the very short upper state lifetime of the gain medium, the mode proliferation in these sources arises from four wave mixing rather than saturable absorption. As a result, their optical output is characterized by the tendency of small intensity modulation of the output power, and the relative phases of the modes to be similar to the ones of a frequency modulated laser. Recent results include the proof of comb operation down to a metrological level, the observation of a Schawlow-Townes broadened linewidth, as well as the fir...

  9. Quantum cascade laser combs: effects of modulation and dispersion.

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    Villares, Gustavo; Faist, Jérôme

    2015-01-26

    Frequency comb formation in quantum cascade lasers is studied theoretically using a Maxwell-Bloch formalism based on a modal decomposition, where dispersion is considered. In the mid-infrared, comb formation persists in the presence of weak cavity dispersion (500 fs2 mm-1) but disappears when much larger values are used (30'000 fs2 mm-1). Active modulation at the round-trip frequency is found to induce mode-locking in THz devices, where the upper state lifetime is in the tens of picoseconds. Our results show that mode-locking based on four-wave mixing in broadband gain, low dispersion cavities is the most promising way of achieving broadband quantum cascade laser frequency combs. PMID:25835922

  10. High performance bi-functional quantum cascade laser and detector

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    Schwarz, Benedikt; Ristanic, Daniela; Reininger, Peter; Zederbauer, Tobias; MacFarland, Donald; Detz, Hermann; Andrews, Aaron Maxwell; Schrenk, Werner; Strasser, Gottfried

    2015-08-01

    An improved bi-functional quantum cascade laser and detector emitting and detecting around 6.8 μ m is demonstrated. The design allows a significantly higher laser performance, showing that bi-functional designs can achieve a comparable pulsed performance to conventional quantum cascade lasers. In particular, the device has a threshold current density of 3 kA / cm 2 , an output power of 0.47 W , and a total wall-plug efficiency of 4.5% in pulsed mode. Optimized electron extraction and the prevention of thermal backfilling allow higher duty cycles, operation up to 10%, with 15 mW average output power at room temperature without optimization of the laser cavity or coatings. At zero bias, the device has a responsivity of around 40 mA / W and a noise equivalent power of 80 pW / √{ Hz } at room temperature, which in on-chip configuration outperforms conventional uncooled discrete detectors.

  11. The rotating cavity laser

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    Eckold, Matthew

    2015-01-01

    This thesis describes a new technique for mitigating the detrimental thermal phenomena that often limit the power scaling potential of solid state lasers. The unavoidable heating effect that arisesfrom the quantum defect leads to a degradation in beam quality, reduced efficiency and, eventually catastrophic failure. However, lasing processes occur on a faster time scale than those associated with heat flow through a typical laser gain medium. This is made use of whenever a laser is operated i...

  12. Multicomponent gas analysis using broadband quantum cascade laser spectroscopy

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    Reyes Reyes, A.; Hou, Z.; Van Mastrigt, E.; Horsten, R.C.; J. C. De Jongste; Pijnenburg, M. W.; Urbach, H.P.; Bhattacharya, N.

    2014-01-01

    We present a broadband quantum cascade laser-based spectroscopic system covering the region between 850 and 1250 cm−1. Its robust multipass cavity ensures a constant interaction length over the entire spectral region. The device enables the detection and identification of numerous molecules present in a complex gas mixture without any pre-treatment in two minutes. We demonstrate that we can detect sub-ppmv concentration of acetone in presence of 2% of water at the same wavenumber region.

  13. Multicomponent gas analysis using broadband quantum cascade laser spectroscopy.

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    Reyes-Reyes, A; Hou, Z; van Mastrigt, E; Horsten, R C; de Jongste, J C; Pijnenburg, M W; Urbach, H P; Bhattacharya, N

    2014-07-28

    We present a broadband quantum cascade laser-based spectroscopic system covering the region between 850 and 1250 cm(-1). Its robust multipass cavity ensures a constant interaction length over the entire spectral region. The device enables the detection and identification of numerous molecules present in a complex gas mixture without any pre-treatment in two minutes. We demonstrate that we can detect sub-ppmv concentration of acetone in presence of 2% of water at the same wavenumber region. PMID:25089450

  14. Optical properties of THz quantum cascade laser with subwavelength metallic waveguide

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    Full text: In this contribution we summarize the results from THz time-domain investigation on THz quantum cascade lasers (QCL) with double-metal waveguides. Such waveguides are characteristic with high subwavelength confinement of the laser mode that has impact on the cavity loss and the gain dynamics. Performed modulation experiments provide detailed information on laser performance at different operation conditions. (author)

  15. Hybrid Vertical-Cavity Laser

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    2010-01-01

    The present invention provides a light source (2) for light circuits on a silicon platform (3). A vertical laser cavity is formed by a gain region (101) arranged between a top mirror (4) and a bottom grating-mirror (12) in a grating region (11) in a silicon layer (10) on a substrate. A waveguide...

  16. Delay time calculation for dual-wavelength quantum cascade lasers

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    Hamadou, A., E-mail: abd-hamado@yahoo.fr [Département des Sciences et Techniques, Faculté des Sciences et de la Technologie, Université de Bordj Bou Arreridj 34000 (Algeria); Laboratoire d’étude des surfaces et interfaces des matériaux solides (LESIMS), Sétif 19000 (Algeria); Lamari, S. [Laboratoire d’étude des surfaces et interfaces des matériaux solides (LESIMS), Sétif 19000 (Algeria); Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences, Université Sétif 1, 19000 (Algeria); Thobel, J.-L. [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR 8520, Université Lille1, Avenue Poincaré, BP 60069, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cédex (France)

    2013-11-28

    In this paper, we calculate the turn-on delay (t{sub th}) and buildup (Δt) times of a midinfrared quantum cascade laser operating simultaneously on two laser lines having a common upper level. The approach is based on the four-level rate equations model describing the variation of the electron number in the states and the photon number present within the cavity. We obtain simple analytical formulae for the turn-on delay and buildup times that determine the delay times and numerically apply our results to both the single and bimode states of a quantum cascade laser, in addition the effects of current injection on t{sub th} and Δt are explored.

  17. Delay time calculation for dual-wavelength quantum cascade lasers

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    In this paper, we calculate the turn-on delay (tth) and buildup (Δt) times of a midinfrared quantum cascade laser operating simultaneously on two laser lines having a common upper level. The approach is based on the four-level rate equations model describing the variation of the electron number in the states and the photon number present within the cavity. We obtain simple analytical formulae for the turn-on delay and buildup times that determine the delay times and numerically apply our results to both the single and bimode states of a quantum cascade laser, in addition the effects of current injection on tth and Δt are explored

  18. Quantum dot cascade laser: Arguments in favor

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    Dmitriev, I. A.; Suris, R. A.

    2007-01-01

    Quantum cascade lasers are recognized as propitious candidates for future terahertz optoelectronics. Here we demonstrate several definite advantages of quantum dot cascade structures over quantum well devices, which suffer fundamental performance limitations owing to continuous carrier spectrum. The discrete spectrum of quantum dots opens an opportunity to control the non-radiative relaxation and optical loss and also provides for more flexibility in the choice of an optical and electrical de...

  19. Cascade laser applications: trends and challenges

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    d'Humières, B.; Margoto, Éric; Fazilleau, Yves

    2016-03-01

    When analyses need rapid measurements, cost effective monitoring and miniaturization, tunable semiconductor lasers can be very good sources. Indeed, applications like on-field environmental gas analysis or in-line industrial process control are becoming available thanks to the advantage of tunable semiconductor lasers. Advances in cascade lasers (CL) are revolutionizing Mid-IR spectroscopy with two alternatives: interband cascade lasers (ICL) in the 3-6μm spectrum and quantum cascade lasers (QCL), with more power from 3 to 300μm. The market is getting mature with strong players for driving applications like industry, environment, life science or transports. CL are not the only Mid-IR laser source. In fact, a strong competition is now taking place with other technologies like: OPO, VCSEL, Solid State lasers, Gas, SC Infrared or fiber lasers. In other words, CL have to conquer a share of the Mid-IR application market. Our study is a market analysis of CL technologies and their applications. It shows that improvements of components performance, along with the progress of infrared laser spectroscopy will drive the CL market growth. We compare CL technologies with other Mid-IR sources and estimate their share in each application market.

  20. Analytical expression for the second threshold in quantum cascade lasers

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    Vukovic, Nikola; Milanovic, Vitomir; Boiko, Dmitri L

    2016-01-01

    We have obtained a closed-form expression for the threshold of Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken (RNGH) multimode instability in a Fabry-P\\'erot (FP) cavity quantum cascade laser (QCL). This simple analytical expression is a versatile tool that can easily be applied in practical situations which require analysis of QCL dynamic behavior and estimation of its second threshold. Our model for a FP cavity laser accounts for the carrier coherence grating and carrier population grating as well as their relaxation due to carrier diffusion. In the model, the RNGH instability threshold is analyzed using a second-order bi-orthogonal perturbation theory and we confirm our analytical solution by a comparison with the numerical simulations. In particular, the model predicts a low second threshold in QCLs. This agrees very well with experimental data available in the literature.

  1. Extraction-Controlled Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Wacker, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    A simple two-well design for terahertz quantum cascade lasers is proposed which is based on scattering injection and the efficient extraction of electrons from the lower laser level by resonant tunneling. In contrast to existing designs this extraction also controls the positive differential conductivity. The device is analyzed by calculations based on nonequilibrium Green's functions, which predict lasing operation well above 200 K at a frequency of 2.8 THz. (C) 2010 American Institute o...

  2. Terahertz quantum cascade laser bandwidth prediction

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    Agnew, G; Grier, A; Taimre, T; Lim, YL; Ikonic, Z.; Dean, P.; Khanna, SP; Lachab, M.; Valavanis, A.; Cooper, JD; Harrison, P.; Linfield, EH; Davies, AG; D Indjin; Rakic, AD

    2015-01-01

    Recent research shows that terahertz quantum cascade lasers are well-suited to high speed free space communication. The results of both theoretical and laboratory work indicate the devices are able to deliver bandwidths in the gigahertz to tens of gigahertz range without the burden of relaxation oscillations found in diode lasers. Using a novel rate equation model we explore the frequency response characteristics of a real device and report on the finding of a strongly peaked bias current-dep...

  3. Gain and Loss in Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Wacker, A.; Lee, S. -C.

    2001-01-01

    We report gain calculations for a quantum cascade laser using a fully self-consistent quantum mechanical approach based on the theory of nonequilibrium Green functions. Both the absolute value of the gain as well as the spectral position at threshold are in excellent agreement with experimental findings for T=77 K. The gain strongly decreases with temperature.

  4. Electrically Tunable Terahertz Quantum-Cascade Lasers

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    Gunapala, Sarath; Soidel, Alexander; Mansour, Kamjou

    2006-01-01

    Improved quantum-cascade lasers (QCLs) are being developed as electrically tunable sources of radiation in the far infrared spectral region, especially in the frequency range of 2 to 5 THz. The structures of QCLs and the processes used to fabricate them have much in common with those of multiple- quantum-well infrared photodetectors.

  5. Quantum Cascade Lasers in Biomedical Infrared Imaging.

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    Bird, Benjamin; Baker, Matthew J

    2015-10-01

    Technological advances, namely the integration of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) within an infrared (IR) microscope, are enabling the development of valuable label-free biomedical-imaging tools capable of targeting and detecting salient chemical species within practical clinical timeframes. PMID:26409774

  6. Monolithic photonic crystal quantum-cascade laser

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    Benz, A; Deutsch, C H; Fasching, G; Unterrainer, K [Photonics Institute and Center for Micro- and Nanostructures, Vienna University of Technology, Gusshausstrasse 29/387, A-1040 Vienna (Austria); Andrews, A M; Klang, P; Schrenk, W; Strasser, G, E-mail: alexander.benz@tuwien.ac.a [Institute of Solid-State Electronics and Center for Micro- and Nanostructures, Vienna University of Technology, Floragasse 7/362, A-1040 Vienna (Austria)

    2009-11-15

    We present the design and realization of active photonic crystal (PhC) terahertz quantum-cascade lasers. The devices consist of sub-wavelength isolated pillars which are embedded in a double-metal waveguide. The lasing is observed at flat-band regions not in the bandgap itself. A stable single-mode emission under all driving conditions is achieved.

  7. Dynamic Equations and Nonlinear Dynamics of Cascade Two-Photon Laser

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    XIE Xia; HUANG Hong-Bin; QIAN Feng; ZHANG Ya-Jun; YANG Peng; QI Guan-Xiao

    2006-01-01

    We derive equations and study nonlinear dynamics of cascade two-photon laser, in which the electromagnetic field in the cavity is driven by coherently prepared three-level atoms and classical field injected into the cavity. The dynamic equations of such a system are derived by using the technique of quantum Langevin operators, and then are studied numerically under different driving conditions. The results show thgt under certain conditions the cascade twophoton laser can generate chaotic, period doubling, periodic, stable and bistable states. Chaos can be inhibited by atomic populations, atomic coherences, and injected classical field. In addition, no chaos occurs in optical bistability.

  8. Electric field sampling of modelocked pulses from a quantum cascade laser.

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    Freeman, Joshua R; Maysonnave, Jean; Beere, Harvey E; Ritchie, David A; Tignon, Jérôme; Dhillon, Sukhdeep S

    2013-07-01

    We measure the electric field of a train of modelocked pulses from a quantum cascade laser in the time-domain by electro-optic sampling. The method relies on synchronizing the modelocked pulses to a reference laser and is applied to 15-ps pulses generated by a 2-THz quantum cascade laser. The pulses from the actively modelocked laser are completely characterized in field and in time with a sub-ps resolution, allowing us to determine the amplitude and phase of each cavity mode. The technique can also give access to the carrier-envelope phase of each pulse. PMID:23842401

  9. Broadband terahertz amplification in a heterogeneous quantum cascade laser.

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    Bachmann, Dominic; Leder, Norbert; Rösch, Markus; Scalari, Giacomo; Beck, Mattias; Arthaber, Holger; Faist, Jérôme; Unterrainer, Karl; Darmo, Juraj

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate a broadband terahertz amplifier based on ultrafast gain switching in a quantum cascade laser. A heterogeneous active region is processed into a coupled cavity metal-metal waveguide device and provides broadband terahertz gain that allows achieving an amplification bandwidth of more than 500 GHz. The temporal and spectral evolution of a terahertz seed pulse, which is generated in an integrated emitter section, is presented and an amplification factor of 21 dB is reached. Furthermore, the quantum cascade amplifier emission spectrum of the emerging sub-nanosecond terahertz pulse train is measured by time-domain spectroscopy and reveals discrete modes between 2.14 and 2.68 THz. PMID:25836170

  10. Diffusion stabilizes cavity solitons in bidirectional lasers

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    Perez-Arjona, Isabel; Sanchez-Morcillo, Victor; Redondo, Javier; Staliunas, Kestutis; Roldan, Eugenio

    2009-01-01

    We study the influence of field diffusion on the spatial localized structures (cavity solitons) recently predicted in bidirectional lasers. We find twofold positive role of the diffusion: 1) it increases the stability range of the individual (isolated) solitons; 2) it reduces the long-range interaction between the cavity solitons. Latter allows the independent manipulation (writing and erasing) of individual cavity solitons.

  11. Entanglement formulation in the framework of electrically pumped laser cavity

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    Getahun, Solomon

    2016-02-01

    We analyze electrically pumped atomic cavity coupled to a two-mode vacuum reservoirs via a single-port mirror whose open cavity contains N nondegenerate three-level cascade atoms. We carry out our analysis by putting the noise operators associated with a vacuum reservoir in normal order. It is found that unlike the mean photon number, the quadrature squeezing and the degree of entanglement do not depend on the number of atoms. This implies that the quadrature squeezing and the degree of entanglement of the cavity light do not depend on the number of photons. We have also shown that the light generated by the three-level laser is in a squeezed and entangled state, with maximum quadrature squeezing and degree of entanglement being 50%. Moreover, the mean photon number of the system in which the laser operating at threshold and above threshold does not depend on the spontaneous decay constant.

  12. Coupled Photonic Crystal Cavity Array Laser

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    Schubert, Martin

    quantum dots are carried out. In agreement with a simple gain model the structures do not show stimulated emission. The spectral splitting due to the coupling between single cavities as well as arrays of cavities is studied theoretically and experimentally. Lasing is observed for photonic crystal cavity......This thesis describes the design, fabrication and characterization of photonic crystal slab lasers. The main focus is on coupled photonic crystal cavity lasers which are examined in great detail. The cavity type which is mainly explored consists of a defect formed by a single missing hole in the...... structures with quantum wells. A detailed Analysis is conducted on single cavities, two coupled cavities and arrays of coupled cavities. The lasing threshold is determined by measuring the photoluminescence intensity depending on the excitation power. Changes in the linewidth and peak position for different...

  13. Hyperuniform disordered terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    R. Degl’Innocenti; Shah, Y. D.; Masini, L.; Ronzani, A.; Pitanti, A.; Ren, Y; Jessop, D. S.; Tredicucci, A.; Beere, H.E.; Ritchie, D. A.

    2016-01-01

    Laser cavities have been realized in various different photonic systems. One of the forefront research fields regards the investigation of the physics of amplifying random optical media. The random laser is a fascinating concept because, further to the fundamental research investigating light transport into complex media, it allows us to obtain non-conventional spectral distribution and angular beam emission patterns not achievable with conventional approaches. Even more intriguing is the pos...

  14. Cascaded frequency doublers for broadband laser radiation

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    Andreev, N F; Vlasova, K V; Davydov, V S; Kulikov, S M; Makarov, A I; Sukharev, Stanislav A; Freidman, Gennadii I; Shubin, S V

    2012-10-31

    A new scheme of a cascaded converter of the first harmonic of broadband cw laser radiation into the second harmonic (SH) with compensation for the group walk-off in cascades is proposed and investigated. The conditions under which high conversion coefficients of broadband ({approx}33 cm{sup -1}) single-mode fibre laser radiation with low peak power ({approx}300 W) into the SH are determined for frequency doublers based on the most promising LBO crystal. Conversion of cw radiation with an average power of 300 W and efficiency {eta} = 4.5 % into the SH is obtained in a single LBO crystal. Effect of coherent addition of SH radiation excited in different cascades is demonstrated for two- and three-stage schemes. The expected conversion efficiencies, calculated disregarding loss but taking into account real aberrations of elements, are 18 % and 38 %, respectively. The effect of pumping depletion begins to manifest itself in the third cascade of a three-stage converter; it may reduce the latter value to {approx}30 %. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  15. Cascaded frequency doublers for broadband laser radiation

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    Andreev, N. F.; Vlasova, K. V.; Davydov, V. S.; Kulikov, S. M.; Makarov, A. I.; Sukharev, Stanislav A.; Freidman, Gennadii I.; Shubin, S. V.

    2012-10-01

    A new scheme of a cascaded converter of the first harmonic of broadband cw laser radiation into the second harmonic (SH) with compensation for the group walk-off in cascades is proposed and investigated. The conditions under which high conversion coefficients of broadband (~33 cm-1) single-mode fibre laser radiation with low peak power (~300 W) into the SH are determined for frequency doublers based on the most promising LBO crystal. Conversion of cw radiation with an average power of 300 W and efficiency η = 4.5 % into the SH is obtained in a single LBO crystal. Effect of coherent addition of SH radiation excited in different cascades is demonstrated for two- and three-stage schemes. The expected conversion efficiencies, calculated disregarding loss but taking into account real aberrations of elements, are 18 % and 38 %, respectively. The effect of pumping depletion begins to manifest itself in the third cascade of a three-stage converter; it may reduce the latter value to ~30 %.

  16. Phase seeding of a terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Oustinov, Dimitri; Jukam, Nathan; Rungsawang, Rakchanok; Madéo, Julien; Barbieri, Stefano; Filloux, Pascal; Sirtori, Carlo; Marcadet, Xavier; Tignon, Jérôme; Dhillon, Sukhdeep

    2010-01-01

    International audience The amplification of spontaneous emission is used to initiate laser action. Since the phase of spontaneous emission is random, the phase of the coherent laser emission (the carrier phase) will also be random each time laser action begins. This prevents phase resolved detection of the laser field. Here, we demonstrate how the carrierphase can be fixed in a semiconductor laser: a quantum cascade laser. This is performed by injection seeding a quantum cascade laser with...

  17. Micro-Cavity Fluidic Dye Laser

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    Helbo, Bjarne; Kristensen, Anders; Menon, Aric Kumaran

    2003-01-01

    We have successfully designed, fabricated and characterized a micro-cavity fluidic dye laser with metallic mirrors, which can be integrated with polymer based lab-on-a-chip microsystems without further processing steps. A simple rate-equation model is used to predict the average pumping power...... threshold for lasing as function of cavity-mirror reflectance, laser dye concentration and cavity length. The laser device is characterized using the laser dye Rhodamine 6G dissolved in ethanol. Lasing is observed, and the influence of dye concentration is investigated....

  18. Absorption spectroscopy with quantum cascade lasers

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    Kosterev, A. A.; Curl, R. F.; Tittel, F. K.; Gmachl, C.; Capasso, F.; Sivco, D. L.; Baillargeon, J. N.; Hutchinson, A. L.; Cho, A. Y.

    2001-01-01

    Novel pulsed and cw quantum cascade distributed feedback (QC-DFB) lasers operating near lambda=8 micrometers were used for detection and quantification of trace gases in ambient air by means of sensitive absorption spectroscopy. N2O, 12CH4, 13CH4, and different isotopic species of H2O were detected. Also, a highly selective detection of ethanol vapor in air with a sensitivity of 125 parts per billion by volume (ppb) was demonstrated.

  19. Quantum-cascade-laser structures as photodetectors

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    Hofstetter, Daniel; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme

    2008-01-01

    We evaluated two different quantum-cascade-laser structures as photodetectors. The first device was a 5.3 µm two-phonon-resonance structure, and the second one a 9.3 µm bound-to-continuum transition laser. The 5.3 µm structure had a peak responsivity of 120 µA/W at 2200 cm–1 and functioned up to 325 K. On the other hand, the 9.3 µm device also worked up to 297 K but had a lower responsivity of 50 µA/W at 1330 cm–1. Since the absorption peak of these devices can be shifted by applying an exter...

  20. Quantum Cascade Laser for Spectroscopic Gas Detection

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    Sletbakk, Bjørn

    2007-01-01

    In this project it has been focused on the use of a 7.42 um, 4 mW Quantum Cascade Laser in trace gas detection spectroscopy. Norsk Elektro Optikk (NEO) is in possession of a Nanoplus G2102/DFB2/5-12 QCL laser, that can be used in spectroscopic detection of H2O, CO2 and SO2 It has been attempted to construct a setup that can be used for spectroscopic measurements using a self constructed current driver module to produce current pulses for the QCL. The QCL is operated in pulsed mode, with puls...

  1. Intracavity widely-tunable quantum cascade laser spectrometer.

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    Brownsword, Richard A; Weidmann, Damien

    2013-01-28

    A grating-tuned extended-cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) operating around 7.6 µm was assembled to provide a tuning range of ~80 cm⁻¹ with output power of up to 30 mW. The EC-QCL output power was shown to be sensitive to the presence of a broadband absorbing gas mixture contained in a 2-cm cell introduced inside the extended laser cavity. In this arrangement, enhanced absorption relative to single path linear absorption was observed. To describe observations, in the QCL rate-equation model was included the effect of intracavity absorption. The model qualitatively reproduced the absorption behavior observed. In addition, it allowed quantitative measurements of mixing ratio of dimethyl carbonate, which was used as a test broadband absorber. A number of alternative data acquisition and reduction methods were identified. As the intracavity absorber modifies the laser threshold current, phase-sensitive detection of the laser threshold current was found to be the most attractive way to determine the mixing ratio of the absorber. The dimethyl carbonate detection limit was estimated to be 1.4 ppmv for 10 second integration. Limitations and possible ways of improvements were also identified. PMID:23389142

  2. Vertical external cavity surface emitting semiconductor lasers

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    Holm, M

    2001-01-01

    Active stabilisation showed a relative locked linewidth of approx 3 kHz. Coarse tuning over 7 nm was achieved using a 3-plate birefingent filter plate while fine-tuning using cavity length change allowed tuning over 250 MHz. Vertical external cavity semiconductor lasers have emerged as an interesting technology based on current vertical cavity semiconductor laser knowledge. High power output into a single transverse mode has attracted companies requiring good fibre coupling for telecommunications systems. The structure comprises of a grown semiconductor Bragg reflector topped with a multiple quantum well gain region. This is then included in an external cavity. This device is then optically pumped to promote laser action. Theoretical modelling of AIGaAs based VECSEL structures was undertaken, showing the effect of device design on laser characteristics. A simple 3-mirror cavity was constructed to assess the static characteristics of the structure. Up to 153 mW of output power was achieved in a single transver...

  3. Quantum Cascade Laser Absorption Spectroscopy as a Plasma Diagnostic Tool: An Overview

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    Jürgen Röpcke

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The recent availability of thermoelectrically cooled pulsed and continuous wave quantum and inter-band cascade lasers in the mid-infrared spectral region has led to significant improvements and new developments in chemical sensing techniques using in-situ laser absorption spectroscopy for plasma diagnostic purposes. The aim of this article is therefore two-fold: (i to summarize the challenges which arise in the application of quantum cascade lasers in such environments, and, (ii to provide an overview of recent spectroscopic results (encompassing cavity enhanced methods obtained in different kinds of plasma used in both research and industry.

  4. Quantum Cascade Laser Absorption Spectroscopy as a Plasma Diagnostic Tool: An Overview

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    Welzel, Stefan; Hempel, Frank; Hübner, Marko; Lang, Norbert; Davies, Paul B.; Röpcke, Jürgen

    2010-01-01

    The recent availability of thermoelectrically cooled pulsed and continuous wave quantum and inter-band cascade lasers in the mid-infrared spectral region has led to significant improvements and new developments in chemical sensing techniques using in-situ laser absorption spectroscopy for plasma diagnostic purposes. The aim of this article is therefore two-fold: (i) to summarize the challenges which arise in the application of quantum cascade lasers in such environments, and, (ii) to provide an overview of recent spectroscopic results (encompassing cavity enhanced methods) obtained in different kinds of plasma used in both research and industry. PMID:22163581

  5. Laser absorption via QED cascades in counter propagating laser pulses

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    Grismayer, Thomas; Martins, Joana L; Fonseca, Ricardo A; Silva, Luis O

    2015-01-01

    A model for laser light absorption in electron-positron plasmas self-consistently created via QED cascades is described. The laser energy is mainly absorbed due to hard photon emission via nonlinear Compton scattering. The degree of absorption depends on the laser intensity and the pulse duration. The QED cascades are studied with multi-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations complemented by a QED module and a macro-particle merging algorithm that allows to handle the exponential growth of the number of particles. Results range from moderate-intensity regimes ($\\sim$ 10 PW) where the laser absorption is negligible, to extreme intensities (> 100 PW) where the degree of absorption reaches 80%. Our study demonstrates good agreement between the analytical model and simulations. The expected properties of the hard photon emission and the generated pair-plasma are investigated, and the experimental signatures for near-future laser facilities are discussed.

  6. Spectroscopic detection of biological NO with a quantum cascade laser

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    Menzel, L.; Kosterev, A. A.; Curl, R. F.; Tittel, F. K.; Gmachl, C.; Capasso, F.; Sivco, D. L.; Baillargeon, J. N.; Hutchinson, A. L.; Cho, A. Y.; Urban, W.

    2001-01-01

    Two configurations of a continuous wave quantum cascade distributed feedback laser-based gas sensor for the detection of NO at a parts per billion (ppb) concentration level, typical of biomedical applications, have been investigated. The laser was operated at liquid nitrogen temperature near lambda = 5.2 microns. In the first configuration, a 100 m optical path length multi-pass cell was employed to enhance the NO absorption. In the second configuration, a technique based on cavity-enhanced spectroscopy (CES) was utilized, with an effective path length of 670 m. Both sensors enabled simultaneous analysis of NO and CO2 concentrations in exhaled air. The minimum detectable NO concentration was found to be 3 ppb with a multi-pass cell and 16 ppb when using CES. The two techniques are compared, and potential future developments are discussed.

  7. Sub-parts-per-billion level detection of NO2 using room-temperature quantum cascade lasers

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    Pushkarsky, Michael; Tsekoun, Alexei; Dunayevskiy, Ilya G.; Go, Rowel; C. Kumar N. Patel

    2006-01-01

    We report the sub-parts-per-billion-level detection of NO2 using tunable laser-based photoacoustic spectroscopy where the laser radiation is obtained from a room-temperature continuous-wave high-power quantum cascade laser operating in an external grating cavity configuration. The continuously tunable external grating cavity quantum cascade laser produces maximum single-frequency output of ≈300 mW tunable over ≈350 nm centered at 6.25 μm. We demonstrate minimum detection level of ≈0.5 parts p...

  8. Intracavity near-field optical imaging of a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser mode

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    We report the direct imaging of Fabry-Perot standing waves inside the cavity of a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser via apertureless scanning near-field optical microscopy. The quantum cascade devices employed present an evanescent wave at the top surface, whose magnitude is directly proportional to the cavity mode intensity in the device core region. Apertureless scanning near-field optical microscopy measurements provide experimental results about the nature of this evanescent field in good agreement with calculations (effective index and electric field decay length)

  9. Intracavity near-field optical imaging of a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser mode

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    Lemoine, Paul-Arthur [Laboratoire d' Optique Physique, CNRS-UPR A0005, ESPCI, 75005 Paris (France); Moreau, Virginie; Bahriz, Michael [Institut d' Electronique Fondamentale, Universite Paris Sud, CNRS, 91405 Orsay (France); De Wilde, Yannick [Laboratoire d' Optique Physique, CNRS-UPR A0005, ESPCI, 75005 Paris (France)], E-mail: dewilde@optique.espci.fr; Colombelli, Raffaele [Institut d' Electronique Fondamentale, Universite Paris Sud, CNRS, 91405 Orsay (France)], E-mail: colombel@ief.u-psud.fr; Wilson, Luke R. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Krysa, Andrey B. [EPSRC National Centre for III-V Technologies, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom)

    2008-04-15

    We report the direct imaging of Fabry-Perot standing waves inside the cavity of a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser via apertureless scanning near-field optical microscopy. The quantum cascade devices employed present an evanescent wave at the top surface, whose magnitude is directly proportional to the cavity mode intensity in the device core region. Apertureless scanning near-field optical microscopy measurements provide experimental results about the nature of this evanescent field in good agreement with calculations (effective index and electric field decay length)

  10. Laser plasma interactions in fused silica cavities

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    Zeng, Xianzhong; Mao, Xianglei; Mao, Samuel S.; Yoo, Jong H.; Greif, Ralph; Russo, Richard E.

    2003-06-24

    The effect of laser energy on formation of a plasma inside a cavity was investigated. The temperature and electron number density of laser-induced plasmas in a fused silica cavity were determined using spectroscopic methods, and compared with laser ablation on a flat surface. Plasma temperature and electron number density during laser ablation in a cavity with aspect ratio of 4 increased faster with irradiance after the laser irradiance reached a threshold of 5 GW/cm{sup 2}. The threshold irradiance of particulate ejection was lower for laser ablation in a cavity compared with on a flat surface; the greater the cavity aspect ratio, the lower the threshold irradiance. The ionization of silicon becomes saturated and the crater depths were increased approximately by an order of magnitude after the irradiance reached the threshold. Phase explosion was discussed to explain the large change of both plasma characteristics and mass removal when irradiance increased beyond a threshold value. Self-focusing of the laser beam was discussed to be responsible for the decrease of the threshold in cavities.

  11. Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers - The Past, Present, and Potential Future

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    Linfield, EH; Davies, AG; Dean, P

    2015-01-01

    Since their first demonstration in 2002, the development of terahertz frequency quantum cascade lasers has been extremely rapid. We overview some of the advances that have taken place and which have made the terahertz quantum cascade laser such a ubiquitous source. We also consider potential future directions for terahertz quantum cascade laser technology, including its use in satellite-borne instrumentation for future Earth observation and planetary science missions.

  12. Sb-free quantum cascade lasers in the 3–4 μm spectral range

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    In this work, the design and implementation of Sb-free short wavelength strain-compensated quantum cascade lasers in the 3–4 μm spectral range is presented. Due to the presence of highly strained AlAs-barrier layers, the optimization of the epitaxial growth process is firstly discussed. The used active region design is then presented together with the observed laser performance. Watt-level room temperature emission at 3.3 μm is shown for Fabry–Perot devices and laser operation in pulsed mode is observed above 350 K. The laser performance is comparable with Sb-containing quantum cascade lasers. Spectral tuning of the lasers in an external cavity configuration over more than 275 cm−1 is achieved with an emission wavelength as short as 3.15 μm. For the first time in this spectral range, results on single-mode buried heterostructure distributed feedback lasers are shown. (paper)

  13. Quantum cascade lasers designed toward shorter wavelengths

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    Xu, Jilian; Liu, Lei; Li, Bing Hui; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Ma, Jian; Liu, Kewei; He, Jun; Shen, D. Z.

    2016-02-01

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are normally based on one-dimensional confined quantum wells. In this scheme, it is still a challenge to produce lasing with a frequency higher than mid-infrared. Here, we discuss the possibility to extend the spectral range of QCLs to the higher frequency region by adding another dimensional confinement. Taking the ZnO/MgO system as an example, we demonstrate theoretically that such a two-dimensional confined QCL can operate at wavelengths from the near-infrared λ =2.95 μm, 1.57 μm, 1.13 μm to the visible 734 nm.

  14. Quantum cascade lasers designed toward shorter wavelengths.

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    Xu, Jilian; Liu, Lei; Li, Bing Hui; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Ma, Jian; Liu, Kewei; He, Jun; Shen, D Z

    2016-02-17

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are normally based on one-dimensional confined quantum wells. In this scheme, it is still a challenge to produce lasing with a frequency higher than mid-infrared. Here, we discuss the possibility to extend the spectral range of QCLs to the higher frequency region by adding another dimensional confinement. Taking the ZnO/MgO system as an example, we demonstrate theoretically that such a two-dimensional confined QCL can operate at wavelengths from the near-infrared [Formula: see text] μm, 1.57 μm, 1.13 μm to the visible 734 nm. PMID:26792593

  15. Photon-induced carrier transport in high efficiency midinfrared quantum cascade lasers

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    Mátyás, Alpár; Lugli, Paolo; Jirauschek, Christian

    2011-01-01

    A midinfrared quantum cascade laser with high wall-plug efficiency is analyzed by means of an ensemble Monte Carlo method. Both the carrier transport and the cavity field dynamics are included in the simulation, offering a self-consistent approach for analyzing and optimizing the laser operation. It is shown that at low temperatures, photon emission and absorption can govern the carrier transport in such devices. Furthermore, we find that photon-induced scattering can strongly affect the kine...

  16. Terahertz imaging through self-mixing in a quantum cascade laser

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    Dean, P.; Lim, Y L; Valavanis, A.; R Kliese; Nikolic, M; Khanna, S. P.; Lachab, M.; D Indjin; Z Ikoni\\u0107; Harrison, P.; A D Rakic; Linfield, E.H.; Davies, A. G.

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate terahertz (THz) frequency imaging using a single quantum cascade laser (QCL) device for both generation and sensing of THz radiation. Detection is achieved by utilizing the effect of self-mixing in the THz QCL, and, specifically, by monitoring perturbations to the voltage across the QCL, induced by light reflected from an external object back into the laser cavity. Self-mixing imaging offers high sensitivity, a potentially fast response, and a simple, compact optical design, an...

  17. Cover slip external cavity diode laser

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    Carr, Adra V; Waitukaitis, Scott R; Perreault, John D; Lonij, Vincent P A; Cronin, Alexander D

    2007-01-01

    The design of a 671 nm diode laser with a mode-hop-free tuning range of 40 GHz is described. This long tuning range is achieved by simultaneously ramping the external cavity length with the laser injection current. The external cavity consists of a microscope cover slip mounted on piezoelectric actuators. In such a configuration the laser output pointing remains fixed, independent of its frequency. Using a diode with an output power of 5-7 mW, the laser linewidth was found to be smaller than 30 MHz. This cover slip cavity and feedforward laser current control system is simple, economical, robust, and easy to use for spectroscopy, as we demonstrate with lithium vapor and lithium atom beam experiments.

  18. Wavelength switchable graphene Q-switched fiber laser with cascaded fiber Bragg gratings

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    Wu, Man; Chen, Shuqing; Chen, Yu; Li, Ying

    2016-06-01

    We have demonstrated a wavelength switchable graphene Q-switched fiber laser with two cascaded fiber Bragg gratings. Stable Q-switching operation with central wavelength 1542.9 nm (1543.7 nm), repetition rate 28.4 kHz (22.58 kHz), and pulse duration 2.16 μs (2.65 μs) can be obtained by adjusting the intra-cavity birefringence. Moreover, stable dual-wavelength operation with wavelength spacing 0.8 nm can also be observed. The cascaded fiber gratings combined with the graphene saturable absorber provide a simple and feasible way to get versatile pulsed fiber laser.

  19. Contributed Review: Quantum cascade laser based photoacoustic detection of explosives

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    Li, J. S., E-mail: jingsong-li@ahu.edu.cn; Yu, B. [Key Laboratory of Opto-Electronic Information Acquisition and Manipulation of Ministry of Education, Anhui University, Hefei (China); Fischer, H. [Department of Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz (Germany); Chen, W. [Laboratoire de Physicochimie de l’Atmosphére, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, Dunkerque (France); Yalin, A. P. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1374 (United States)

    2015-03-15

    Detecting trace explosives and explosive-related compounds has recently become a topic of utmost importance for increasing public security around the world. A wide variety of detection methods and an even wider range of physical chemistry issues are involved in this very challenging area. Optical sensing methods, in particular mid-infrared spectrometry techniques, have a great potential to become a more desirable tools for the detection of explosives. The small size, simplicity, high output power, long-term reliability make external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) the promising spectroscopic sources for developing analytical instrumentation. This work reviews the current technical progress in EC-QCL-based photoacoustic spectroscopy for explosives detection. The potential for both close-contact and standoff configurations using this technique is completely presented over the course of approximately the last one decade.

  20. Contributed review: quantum cascade laser based photoacoustic detection of explosives.

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    Li, J S; Yu, B; Fischer, H; Chen, W; Yalin, A P

    2015-03-01

    Detecting trace explosives and explosive-related compounds has recently become a topic of utmost importance for increasing public security around the world. A wide variety of detection methods and an even wider range of physical chemistry issues are involved in this very challenging area. Optical sensing methods, in particular mid-infrared spectrometry techniques, have a great potential to become a more desirable tools for the detection of explosives. The small size, simplicity, high output power, long-term reliability make external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) the promising spectroscopic sources for developing analytical instrumentation. This work reviews the current technical progress in EC-QCL-based photoacoustic spectroscopy for explosives detection. The potential for both close-contact and standoff configurations using this technique is completely presented over the course of approximately the last one decade. PMID:25832204

  1. Contributed Review: Quantum cascade laser based photoacoustic detection of explosives

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    Detecting trace explosives and explosive-related compounds has recently become a topic of utmost importance for increasing public security around the world. A wide variety of detection methods and an even wider range of physical chemistry issues are involved in this very challenging area. Optical sensing methods, in particular mid-infrared spectrometry techniques, have a great potential to become a more desirable tools for the detection of explosives. The small size, simplicity, high output power, long-term reliability make external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) the promising spectroscopic sources for developing analytical instrumentation. This work reviews the current technical progress in EC-QCL-based photoacoustic spectroscopy for explosives detection. The potential for both close-contact and standoff configurations using this technique is completely presented over the course of approximately the last one decade

  2. Contributed Review: Quantum cascade laser based photoacoustic detection of explosives

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    Li, J. S.; Yu, B.; Fischer, H.; Chen, W.; Yalin, A. P.

    2015-03-01

    Detecting trace explosives and explosive-related compounds has recently become a topic of utmost importance for increasing public security around the world. A wide variety of detection methods and an even wider range of physical chemistry issues are involved in this very challenging area. Optical sensing methods, in particular mid-infrared spectrometry techniques, have a great potential to become a more desirable tools for the detection of explosives. The small size, simplicity, high output power, long-term reliability make external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) the promising spectroscopic sources for developing analytical instrumentation. This work reviews the current technical progress in EC-QCL-based photoacoustic spectroscopy for explosives detection. The potential for both close-contact and standoff configurations using this technique is completely presented over the course of approximately the last one decade.

  3. Narrow-band injection seeding of a terahertz frequency quantum cascade laser: Selection and suppression of longitudinal modes

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    Nong, Hanond, E-mail: Nong.Hanond@rub.de; Markmann, Sergej; Hekmat, Negar; Jukam, Nathan, E-mail: Nathan.Jukam@rub.de [Arbeitsgruppe Terahertz Spektroskopie und Technologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum 44780 (Germany); Pal, Shovon [Arbeitsgruppe Terahertz Spektroskopie und Technologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum 44780 (Germany); Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Festkörperphysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum 44780 (Germany); Mohandas, Reshma A.; Dean, Paul; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H.; Giles Davies, A. [School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Wieck, Andreas D. [Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Festkörperphysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum 44780 (Germany)

    2014-09-15

    A periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal with multiple poling periods is used to generate tunable narrow-bandwidth THz pulses for injection seeding a quantum cascade laser (QCL). We demonstrate that longitudinal modes of the quantum cascade laser close to the gain maximum can be selected or suppressed according to the seed spectrum. The QCL emission spectra obtained by electro-optic sampling from the quantum cascade laser, in the most favorable case, shows high selectivity and amplification of the longitudinal modes that overlap the frequency of the narrow-band seed. Proper selection of the narrow-band THz seed from the PPLN crystal discretely tunes the longitudinal mode emission of the quantum cascade laser. Moreover, the THz wave build-up within the laser cavity is studied as a function of the round-trip time. When the seed frequency is outside the maximum of the gain spectrum the laser emission shifts to the preferential longitudinal mode.

  4. Narrow-band injection seeding of a terahertz frequency quantum cascade laser: Selection and suppression of longitudinal modes

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    A periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal with multiple poling periods is used to generate tunable narrow-bandwidth THz pulses for injection seeding a quantum cascade laser (QCL). We demonstrate that longitudinal modes of the quantum cascade laser close to the gain maximum can be selected or suppressed according to the seed spectrum. The QCL emission spectra obtained by electro-optic sampling from the quantum cascade laser, in the most favorable case, shows high selectivity and amplification of the longitudinal modes that overlap the frequency of the narrow-band seed. Proper selection of the narrow-band THz seed from the PPLN crystal discretely tunes the longitudinal mode emission of the quantum cascade laser. Moreover, the THz wave build-up within the laser cavity is studied as a function of the round-trip time. When the seed frequency is outside the maximum of the gain spectrum the laser emission shifts to the preferential longitudinal mode.

  5. Quantum cascade lasers with an integrated polarization mode converter.

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    Dhirhe, D; Slight, T J; Holmes, B M; Hutchings, D C; Ironside, C N

    2012-11-01

    We discuss the design, fabrication and characterization of waveguide polarization mode converters for quantum cascade lasers operating at 4.6 μm. We have fabricated a quantum cascade laser with integrated polarization mode converter that emits light of 69% Transverse Electrical (TE) polarization from one facet and 100% Transverse Magnetic (TM) polarization from the other facet. PMID:23187389

  6. Quantum cascade lasers with an integrated polarization mode converter

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    Dhirhe, D.; Slight, T.J.; Holmes, B.M.; Hutchings, D.C.; Ironside, C. N.

    2012-01-01

    We discuss the design, fabrication and characterization of waveguide polarization mode converters for quantum cascade lasers operating at 4.6 μm. We have fabricated a quantum cascade laser with integrated polarization mode converter that emits light of 69% Transverse Electrical (TE) polarization from one facet and 100% Transverse Magnetic (TM) polarization from the other facet.

  7. Narrow bandwidth injection seeding of a THz quantum cascade laser

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    Nong, H.; Pal, S.; Markmann, S.; Hekmat, N; Mohandas, RA; Dean, P.; Li, L; Linfield, EH; Davies, AG; Wieck, AD; Jukam, N.

    2014-01-01

    Narrowband THz pulses generated from a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal are used to injection seed a terahertz quantum cascade laser. The phase locked spectral emission from the quantum cascade laser is significantly influenced by the spectrum of the seed pulse.

  8. Control of ring lasers by means of coupled cavities

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    Abitan, Haim; Andersen, Ulrik Lund; Skettrup, Torben;

    2000-01-01

    Summary form only. Coupling of optical cavities offers a means of controlling the properties of one cavity (e.g. a laser) by making adjustments to another, external cavity. In this contribution we consider a unidirectional ring laser (bow-tie laser) coupled to an external ring cavity. Using...

  9. High performance, low dissipation quantum cascade lasers across the mid-IR range.

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    Bismuto, Alfredo; Blaser, Stéphane; Terazzi, Romain; Gresch, Tobias; Muller, Antoine

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we present the development of low consumption quantum cascade lasers across the mid-IR range. In particular, short cavity single-mode lasers with optimised facet reflectivities have been fabricated from 4.5 to 9.2 μm. Threshold dissipated powers as low as 0.5 W were obtained in continuous wave operation at room temperature. In addition, the beneficial impact of reducing chip length on laser mounting yield is discussed. High power single-mode lasers from the same processed wafers are also presented. PMID:25836780

  10. Terahertz quantum cascade lasers with superconducting waveguides

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    Full text: Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are promising sources for applications in the terahertz (THz) regime like spectroscopy or imaging. Double-metal waveguides, where the active region is in between two metal layers, are commonly used due to the high vertical confinement of the optical mode in active region. The main contribution to the waveguide losses is the absorption of the THz radiation in the metal layers. In order to reduce these losses, we replaced the commonly used gold layers by a superconducting material, namely niobium (Nb). We used an active region, emitting at 2 THz. We fabricated disk shaped resonators, providing high lateral confinement. We acknowledge financial support by the Austrian Science Foundation FWF (author)

  11. Quantum cascade lasers at terahertz frequencies

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    Ajili, Lassaad; Faist, Jérôme

    2007-01-01

    La thèse que j’ai le plaisir de vous présenter est le fruit du travail de recherche pendant 4 ans dans le laboratoire de physique mésoscopique situé à l’institut de physique de Neuchâtel. Les extraordinaires progrès réalisés dès la fin des années soixante-dix dans la maîıtrise de la croissance, couche atomique par couche atomique, d’hétérostructures semiconductrices ont développé une véritable ingénierie quantique des composants. Une nouvelle génération de dispositifs appelé laser à cascade q...

  12. Intermode beating mode-locking technique for O-band mixed-cascaded Raman fiber lasers.

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    Luo, Zhengqian; Zhong, Min; Xiong, Fengfu; Wu, Duanduan; Huang, Yizhong; Li, Yingyue; Le, Lili; Xu, Bin; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping

    2015-02-15

    A novel intermode beating mode-locking (IBML) technique combined with a cascaded Raman process is proposed to mode-lock an O-band two-cascaded Raman fiber laser. Using a 980-m-long phosphosilicate fiber pumped by a 1064 nm laser, the second-order Raman oscillation at 1319 nm is generated by the mixed-cascaded Raman shifts of P2O5 and SiO2. By precisely matching the intermode beating frequencies of the 1064 nm pump laser and the second-order Raman cavity frequency, harmonic mode-locking at 1319 nm is initiated. The dynamic process of the IBML operation in the cascaded Raman laser is experimentally investigated. The 131st-order harmonic mode-locking with a repetition rate of 27.247 MHz is very stable with the radio-frequency (RF) signal-to-noise ratio of >56  dB and the RF supermode-suppression ratio of >43  dB. The mode-locked pulses with the square profile are confirmed as the noise-like pulses by an autocorrelator. The IBML technique, in combination with the cascaded Raman process, could offer an exciting new prospect for obtaining simple, compact, and arbitrary-wavelength mode-locked laser sources. PMID:25680135

  13. Electrostatically tunable optomechanical "zipper" cavity laser

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    Perahia, Raviv; Meenehan, Sean; Alegre, Thiago P Mayer; Painter, Oskar

    2010-01-01

    A tunable nanoscale "zipper" laser cavity, formed from two doubly clamped photonic crystal nanobeams, is demonstrated. Pulsed, room temperature, optically pumped lasing action at a wavelength of 1.3 micron is observed for cavities formed in a thin membrane containing InAsP/GaInAsP quantum-wells. Metal electrodes are deposited on the ends of the nanobeams to allow for micro-electro-mechanical actuation. Electrostatic tuning and modulation of the laser wavelength is demonstrated at a rate of 0.25nm/V^2 and a frequency as high as 6.7MHz, respectively.

  14. Quantum cascade laser Kerr frequency comb

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    Lecaplain, Caroline; Lucas, Erwan; Jost, John D; Kippenberg, Tobias J

    2015-01-01

    The mid-infrared (mid-IR) regime (typically the wavelength regime of $\\lambda \\sim 2.5-20 \\ \\mathrm{\\mu m}$) is an important spectral range for spectroscopy as many molecules have their fundamental rotational-vibrational absorption in this band. Recently optical frequency combs based on optical microresonators ("Kerr" combs) at the onset of the mid-IR region have been generated using crystalline resonators and integrated planar silicon micro-resonators. Here we extend for the first time Kerr combs deep into the mid-IR i.e. the 'molecular fingerprint' region. This is achieved by combining an ultra high quality (Q) factor mid-IR microresonator based on crystalline $\\mathrm{MgF_{2}}$ with the quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology. Using a tapered chalgogenide (ChG) fiber and a QCL continuous wave pump laser, frequency combs at $\\lambda\\sim 4.4\\ \\mathrm{\\mu m}$ (i.e. 2270cm$^{-1}$) are generated, that span over 600nm (i.e. 300cm$^{-1}$) in bandwidth, with a mode spacing of 14.3GHz (0.5cm$^{-1}$), corresponding t...

  15. Quantum cascade lasers: from tool to product.

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    Razeghi, M; Lu, Q Y; Bandyopadhyay, N; Zhou, W; Heydari, D; Bai, Y; Slivken, S

    2015-04-01

    The quantum cascade laser (QCL) is an important laser source in the mid-infrared and terahertz frequency range. The past twenty years have witnessed its tremendous development in power, wall plug efficiency, frequency coverage and tunability, beam quality, as well as various applications based on QCL technology. Nowadays, QCLs can deliver high continuous wave power output up to 5.1 W at room temperature, and cover a wide frequency range from 3 to 300 μm by simply varying the material components. Broadband heterogeneous QCLs with a broad spectral range from 3 to 12 μm, wavelength agile QCLs based on monolithic sampled grating design, and on-chip beam QCL combiner are being developed for the next generation tunable mid-infrared source for spectroscopy and sensing. Terahertz sources based on nonlinear generation in QCLs further extend the accessible wavelength into the terahertz range. Room temperature continuous wave operation, high terahertz power up to 1.9 mW, and wide frequency tunability form 1 to 5 THz makes this type of device suitable for many applications in terahertz spectroscopy, imaging, and communication. PMID:25968685

  16. Negative free carrier absorption in terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Ndebeka-Bandou, C.; Rösch, M.; Ohtani, K.; Beck, M.; Faist, J.

    2016-02-01

    We analyze the peculiar case where the free carrier absorption arising from LO phonon absorption-assisted transitions becomes negative and therefore turns into a gain source for quantum cascade lasers. Such an additional source of gain exists when the ratio between the electronic and the lattice temperatures is larger than one, a condition that is usually fulfilled in quantum cascade lasers. We find a gain of few cm-1's at 200 K. We report the development of a terahertz quantum cascade laser operating in the negative free carrier absorption regime.

  17. Interband cascade lasers with >40% continuous-wave wallplug efficiency at cryogenic temperatures

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    Broad-area 10-stage interband cascade lasers (ICLs) emitting at λ = 3.0–3.2 μm are shown to maintain continuous-wave (cw) wallplug efficiencies exceeding 40% at temperatures up to 125 K, despite having a design optimized for operation at ambient and above. The cw threshold current density at 80 K is only 11 A/cm2 for a 2 mm cavity with anti-reflection/high-reflection coatings on the two facets. The external differential quantum efficiency for a 1-mm-long cavity with the same coatings is 70% per stage at 80 K, and still above 65% at 150 K. The results demonstrate that at cryogenic temperatures, where free carrier absorption losses are minimized, ICLs can convert electrical to optical energy nearly as efficiently as the best specially designed intersubband-based quantum cascade lasers

  18. Soliton laser: A computational two-cavity model

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    Berg, P.; If, F.; Christiansen, Peter Leth;

    1987-01-01

    An improved computational two-cavity model of the soliton laser proposed and designed by Mollenauer and Stolen [Opt. Lett. 9, 13 (1984)] is obtained through refinements of (i) the laser cavity model, (ii) the pulse propagation in the fiber cavity, and (iii) the coupling between the two cavities. As...

  19. Narrow-linewidth quantum cascade laser at 8.6 μm.

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    Fasci, Eugenio; Coluccelli, Nicola; Cassinerio, Marco; Gambetta, Alessio; Hilico, Laurent; Gianfrani, Livio; Laporta, Paolo; Castrillo, Antonio; Galzerano, Gianluca

    2014-08-15

    We report on a narrow-linewidth distributed-feedback quantum cascade laser at 8.6 μm that is optical-feedback locked to a high-finesse V-shaped cavity. The spectral purity of the quantum cascade laser is fully characterized using a high-sensitivity optical frequency discriminator, leading to a 1 ms linewidth of less than 4 kHz and a minimum laser frequency noise spectral density as low as 0.01 Hz2/Hz for Fourier frequencies larger than 100 kHz. The cumulative standard deviation of the laser intensity is better than 0.1% over an integration bandwidth from 2 Hz to 100 MHz. PMID:25121915

  20. Spectroscopic Study of Terahertz Generation in Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Yifan Jiang; Karun Vijayraghavan; Seungyong Jung; Aiting Jiang; Jae Hyun Kim; Frederic Demmerle; Gerhard Boehm; Markus C. Amann; Belkin, Mikhail A.

    2016-01-01

    Terahertz quantum cascade laser sources based on intra-cavity difference-frequency generation are currently the only room-temperature mass-producible diode-laser-like emitters of coherent 1–6 THz radiation. Device performance has improved dramatically over the past few years to reach milliwatt-level power output and broad tuning from 1.2 to 5.9 THz, all at room-temperature. Terahertz output in these sources originates from intersubband optical nonlinearity in the laser active region. Here we ...

  1. Coherent coupling of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers

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    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are electrically driven semiconductor lasers, which by now have undergone 15 years of research to become unique sources of coherent light in the mid-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum (3 - 30 μm). The rapid progress of this type of lasers is based on two major properties: On the one hand, QCLs offer a great freedom of tailoring the emission wavelength within a large variety of semiconductor heterostructure designs and materials. On the other hand, being in-plane semiconductor lasers, QCLs profit from the highly developed field of planar fabrication techniques in semiconductor industry, which have been established for diode lasers since the 1960. The subject of this work is the design and realization of coherently coupled resonators for mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers. Thereby, experiments were performed with four different laser gain materials (GaAs-based and InP-based) with emission wavelengths between 4 μm and 12 μm. Based on the inherent simplicity of monolithic waveguide geometries, the phase is locked in adjacent QCLs, when these are combined by means of a Y-junction. Here, a stable cavity mode emerges, if every laser element mutually interacts with every other element ('parallel coupling'). In a first step, Y-shaped QCLs were fabricated with and without split contacts to investigate the rich complexity of mode dynamics within the devices. Far-field analysis indicates spatially coherent emission from the coupled waveguides due to efficient synchronization by means of the integrated Y-junction, and small coupling losses are found. The mode distribution within the resonator is deduced from beam propagation analysis and does not depend on drive current or temperature of operation. However, the length of the coupling section as well as the ratio between waveguide width and emission wavelength have a strong impact on the coupling performance, resulting in spectral and geometric limitations. Having achieved a high

  2. Intersubband gain in a Bloch oscillator and Quantum cascade laser

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    Willenberg, Harald; Dohler, Gottfried H.; Faist, Jerome

    2002-01-01

    The link between the inversion gain of quantum cascade structures and the Bloch gain in periodic superlattices is presented. The proposed theoretical model based on the density matrix formalism is able to treat the gain mechanism of the Bloch oscillator and Quantum cascade laser on the same footing by taking into account in-plane momentum relaxation. The model predicts a dispersive contribution in addition to the (usual) population-inversion-dependent intersubband gain in quantum cascade stru...

  3. Seeded QED cascades in counter propagating laser pulses

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    Grismayer, Thomas; Martins, Joana L; Fonseca, Ricardo; Silva, Luís O

    2015-01-01

    The growth rates of seeded QED cascades in counter propagating lasers are calculated with 2D/3D QED-PIC simulations. The dependence of the growth rate on laser polarisation and intensity are compared with analytical models that support simulations results. The models provide an insight regarding the qualitative trend of the cascade growth when the intensity of the laser field is varied. The results suggest that relativistic pair plasmas and efficient conversion from laser photons to gamma rays can be created with the typical intensities planned to operate on future ultra-intense laser facilities such as ELI or VULCAN.

  4. Applications of quantum cascade lasers in plasma diagnostics: a review

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    Over the past few years mid-infrared absorption spectroscopy based on quantum cascade lasers operating over the region from 3 to 12 µm and called quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy or QCLAS has progressed considerably as a powerful diagnostic technique for in situ studies of the fundamental physics and chemistry of molecular plasmas. The increasing interest in processing plasmas containing hydrocarbons, fluorocarbons, nitrogen oxides and organo-silicon compounds has led to further applications of QCLAS because most of these compounds and their decomposition products are infrared active. QCLAS provides a means of determining the absolute concentrations of the ground states of stable and transient molecular species at time resolutions below a microsecond, which is of particular importance for the investigation of reaction kinetics and dynamics. Information about gas temperature and population densities can also be derived from QCLAS measurements. Since plasmas with molecular feed gases are used in many applications such as thin film deposition, semiconductor processing, surface activation and cleaning, and materials and waste treatment, this has stimulated the adaptation of QCLAS techniques to industrial requirements including the development of new diagnostic equipment. The recent availability of external cavity (EC) QCLs offers a further new option for multi-component detection. The aim of this paper is fourfold: (i) to briefly review spectroscopic issues arising from applying pulsed QCLs, (ii) to report on recent achievements in our understanding of molecular phenomena in plasmas and at surfaces, (iii) to describe the current status of industrial process monitoring in the mid-infrared and (iv) to discuss the potential of advanced instrumentation based on EC-QCLs for plasma diagnostics. (topical review)

  5. Applications of quantum cascade lasers in plasma diagnostics: a review

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    Röpcke, J.; Davies, P. B.; Lang, N.; Rousseau, A.; Welzel, S.

    2012-10-01

    Over the past few years mid-infrared absorption spectroscopy based on quantum cascade lasers operating over the region from 3 to 12 µm and called quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy or QCLAS has progressed considerably as a powerful diagnostic technique for in situ studies of the fundamental physics and chemistry of molecular plasmas. The increasing interest in processing plasmas containing hydrocarbons, fluorocarbons, nitrogen oxides and organo-silicon compounds has led to further applications of QCLAS because most of these compounds and their decomposition products are infrared active. QCLAS provides a means of determining the absolute concentrations of the ground states of stable and transient molecular species at time resolutions below a microsecond, which is of particular importance for the investigation of reaction kinetics and dynamics. Information about gas temperature and population densities can also be derived from QCLAS measurements. Since plasmas with molecular feed gases are used in many applications such as thin film deposition, semiconductor processing, surface activation and cleaning, and materials and waste treatment, this has stimulated the adaptation of QCLAS techniques to industrial requirements including the development of new diagnostic equipment. The recent availability of external cavity (EC) QCLs offers a further new option for multi-component detection. The aim of this paper is fourfold: (i) to briefly review spectroscopic issues arising from applying pulsed QCLs, (ii) to report on recent achievements in our understanding of molecular phenomena in plasmas and at surfaces, (iii) to describe the current status of industrial process monitoring in the mid-infrared and (iv) to discuss the potential of advanced instrumentation based on EC-QCLs for plasma diagnostics.

  6. Cascaded injection resonator for coherent beam combining of laser arrays

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    Kireev, Vassili [Sunnyvale, CA; Liu, Yun; Protopopescu, Vladimir [Knoxville, TN; Braiman, Yehuda [Oak Ridge, TN

    2008-10-21

    The invention provides a cascaded injection resonator for coherent beam combining of laser arrays. The resonator comprises a plurality of laser emitters arranged along at least one plane and a beam sampler for reflecting at least a portion of each laser beam that impinges on the beam sampler, the portion of each laser beam from one of the laser emitters being reflected back to another one of the laser emitters to cause a beam to be generated from the other one of the laser emitters to the beam reflector. The beam sampler also transmits a portion of each laser beam to produce a laser output beam such that a plurality of laser output beams of the same frequency are produced. An injection laser beam is directed to a first laser emitter to begin a process of generating and reflecting a laser beam from one laser emitter to another laser emitter in the plurality. A method of practicing the invention is also disclosed.

  7. Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Based 3D Imaging Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — LongWave Photonics proposes a terahertz quantum-cascade laser based swept-source optical coherence tomography (THz SS-OCT) system for single-sided, 3D,...

  8. Molecular spectroscopy with a multimode THz quantum-cascade laser

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    Eichholz, Rene; Richter, Heiko; Pavlov, Sergey; Semenov, A. D.; Wienold, M; Schrottke, L; Giehler, M.; Hey, R.; Grahn, H. T.; Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm

    2011-01-01

    A terahertz absorption spectrometer for highresolution molecular spectroscopy is realized. The spectrometer is based on a multimode quantum-cascade laser. The design and performance of the spectrometer are presented. Three aspects are discussed: sensitivity, frequency calibration, and frequency multiplexing.

  9. Transverse far-field distribution in quantum cascade laser

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    A. Hamadoua

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we perform a transverse far-field calculation for a quantum cascade laser treated as a rectangular waveguide. An analytical method for the solution of integral diffraction equation that describes the transverse far -field in a quantum cascade laser is presented. The equations permitting to calculate the full width at half maximum in both directions, parallel and perpendicular to the growth are determined and compared with reported experimental results.

  10. Tri-channel single-mode terahertz quantum cascade laser.

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    Wang, Tao; Liu, Jun-Qi; Liu, Feng-Qi; Wang, Li-Jun; Zhang, Jin-Chuan; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2014-12-01

    We report on a compact THz quantum cascade laser source emitting at, individually controllable, three different wavelengths (92.6, 93.9, and 95.1 μm). This multiwavelength laser array can be used as a prototype of the emission source of THz wavelength division multiplex (WDM) wireless communication system. The source consists of three tapered single-mode distributed feedback (DFB) terahertz quantum cascade lasers fabricated monolithically on a single chip. All array elements feature longitudinal as well as lateral single-mode in the entire injection range. The peak output powers of individual lasers are 42, 73, and 37 mW at 10 K, respectively. PMID:25490634

  11. Cascade Type-I Quantum Well GaSb-Based Diode Lasers

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    Leon Shterengas

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Cascade pumping of type-I quantum well gain sections was utilized to increase output power and efficiency of GaSb-based diode lasers operating in a spectral region from 1.9 to 3.3 μm. Carrier recycling between quantum well gain stages was realized using band-to-band tunneling in GaSb/AlSb/InAs heterostructure complemented with optimized electron and hole injector regions. Coated devices with an ~100-μm-wide aperture and a 3-mm-long cavity demonstrated continuous wave (CW output power of 1.96 W near 2 μm, 980 mW near 3 μm, 500 mW near 3.18 μm, and 360 mW near 3.25 μm at 17–20 °C—a nearly or more than twofold increase compared to previous state-of-the-art diode lasers. The utilization of the different quantum wells in the cascade laser heterostructure was demonstrated to yield wide gain lasers, as often desired for tunable laser spectroscopy. Double-step etching was utilized to minimize both the internal optical loss and the lateral current spreading penalties in narrow-ridge lasers. Narrow-ridge cascade diode lasers operate in a CW regime with ~100 mW of output power near and above 3 μm and above 150 mW near 2 μm.

  12. A High Efficiency Architecture for Cascaded Raman Fiber Lasers

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    Supradeepa, V R; Headley, Clifford E; Yan, Man F; Palsdottir, Bera; Jakobsen, Dan

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a new high efficiency architecture for cascaded Raman fiber lasers based on a single pass cascaded amplifier configuration. Conversion is seeded at all intermediate Stokes wavelengths using a multi-wavelength seed source. A lower power Raman laser based on the conventional cascaded Raman resonator architecture provides a convenient seed source providing all the necessary wavelengths simultaneously. In this work we demonstrate a 1480nm laser pumped by an 1117nm Yb-doped fiber laser with maximum output power of 204W and conversion efficiency of 65% (quantum-limited efficiency is ~75%). We believe both the output power and conversion efficiency (relative to quantum-limited efficiency) are the highest reported for Raman fiber lasers.

  13. Measuring the sampling coherence of a terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Maysonnave, Jean; Jukam, Nathan; Ibrahim, M. Shahrizan M.; Rungsawang, Rakchanok; Maussang, Kenneth; Madéo, Julien; Cavalié, Pierrick; Dean, Paul; Suraj P. Khanna; Steenson, D. Paul; Linfield, Edmund H.; Davies, A. Giles; Dhillon, Sukhdeep S.; Tignon, Jérôme

    2012-01-01

    The emission of a quantum cascade laser can be synchronized to the repetition rate of a femtosecond laser through the use of coherent injection seeding. This synchronization defines a sampling coherence between the terahertz laser emission and the femtosecond laser which enables coherent field detection. In this letter the sampling coherence is measured in the time-domain through the use of coherent and incoherent detection. For large seed amplitudes the emission is synchronized, while for sm...

  14. Frequency modulation spectroscopy with a THz quantum-cascade laser

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    Eichholz, René; Richter, Heiko; Wienold, Martin; Schrottke, Lutz; Hey, R.; Grahn, H. T.; Hübers, H. -W.

    2013-01-01

    We report on a terahertz spectrometer for high-resolution molecular spectroscopy based on a quantum-cascade laser. High-frequency modulation (up to 50 MHz) of the laser driving current produces a simultaneous modulation of the frequency and amplitude of the laser output. The modulation generates sidebands, which are symmetrically positioned with respect to the laser carrier frequency. The molecular transition is probed by scanning the sidebands across it. In this way, the absorption and...

  15. Spectral properties of a semiconductor α-DFB laser cavity

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    The experimental and theoretical investigations of spectral properties of a semiconductor α-DFB laser cavity are carried out. It is shown that in these lasers the curvature of mode gain spectra near the maximum is higher by more than two orders of magnitude than in conventional semiconductor lasers with a Fabry-Perot cavity. The distance between the adjacent axial modes of an α-DFB laser is shorter than in the case of a Fabry-Perot cavity laser of the same length, and its experimental value agrees well with the value obtained in the simple geometrical model, taking into account a zigzag propagation of radiation inside the cavity. (lasers)

  16. Low-loss hollow waveguide fibers for mid-infrared quantum cascade laser sensing applications.

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    Patimisco, Pietro; Spagnolo, Vincenzo; Vitiello, Miriam S; Scamarcio, Gaetano; Bledt, Carlos M; Harrington, James A

    2013-01-01

    We report on single mode optical transmission of hollow core glass waveguides (HWG) coupled with an external cavity mid-IR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). The QCL mode results perfectly matched to the hybrid HE(11) waveguide mode and the higher losses TE-like modes have efficiently suppressed by the deposited inner dielectric coating. Optical losses down to 0.44 dB/m and output beam divergence of ~5 mrad were measured. Using a HGW fiber with internal core size of 300 µm we obtained single mode laser transmission at 10.54 µm and successful employed it in a quartz enhanced photoacoustic gas sensor setup. PMID:23337336

  17. Low-Loss Hollow Waveguide Fibers for Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser Sensing Applications

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    James A. Harrington

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report on single mode optical transmission of hollow core glass waveguides (HWG coupled with an external cavity mid-IR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs. The QCL mode results perfectly matched to the hybrid HE11 waveguide mode and the higher losses TE-like modes have efficiently suppressed by the deposited inner dielectric coating. Optical losses down to 0.44 dB/m and output beam divergence of ~5 mrad were measured. Using a HGW fiber with internal core size of 300 µm we obtained single mode laser transmission at 10.54 µm and successful employed it in a quartz enhanced photoacoustic gas sensor setup.

  18. Double bosonic stimulation of THz emission in a polaritonic cascade laser

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    Kaliteevski, M A

    2012-01-01

    We have considered a system of equidistant polaritonic states, interacting with an electromagnetic field of a localized THz cavity mode. An accumulation of photons in a THz cavity mode together with bosonic stimulation of the transition between polariton levels induces intensive radiative scattering of polaritons. The concept of double bosonic stimulation of a radiative transition in a bosonic cascade laser (BCL) is formulated, and the possibility of the use of a BCL for the emission of THz radiation is investigated. The system demonstrates threshold-like behaviour and, above threshold, cascade radiative transitions of polaritons which leads to an increase of quantum efficiency, which can exceed unity. The interaction of polaritons with a reservoir leads to an increase in the threshold pumping rate and a decrease of quantum efficiency.

  19. Phase seeding of a terahertz quantum cascade laser.

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    Oustinov, Dimitri; Jukam, Nathan; Rungsawang, Rakchanok; Madéo, Julien; Barbieri, Stefano; Filloux, Pascal; Sirtori, Carlo; Marcadet, Xavier; Tignon, Jérôme; Dhillon, Sukhdeep

    2010-01-01

    The amplification of spontaneous emission is used to initiate laser action. As the phase of spontaneous emission is random, the phase of the coherent laser emission (the carrier phase) will also be random each time laser action begins. This prevents phase-resolved detection of the laser field. Here, we demonstrate how the carrier phase can be fixed in a semiconductor laser: a quantum cascade laser (QCL). This is performed by injection seeding a QCL with coherent terahertz pulses, which forces laser action to start on a fixed phase. This permits the emitted laser field to be synchronously sampled with a femtosecond laser beam, and measured in the time domain. We observe the phase-resolved buildup of the laser field, which can give insights into the laser dynamics. In addition, as the electric field oscillations are directly measured in the time domain, QCLs can now be used as sources for time-domain spectroscopy. PMID:20842195

  20. Phase seeding of a terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Oustinov, Dimitri; Jukam, Nathan; Rungsawang, Rakchanok; Madéo, Julien; Barbieri, Stefano; Filloux, Pascal; Sirtori, Carlo; Marcadet, Xavier; Tignon, Jérôme; Dhillon, Sukhdeep

    2010-01-01

    The amplification of spontaneous emission is used to initiate laser action. As the phase of spontaneous emission is random, the phase of the coherent laser emission (the carrier phase) will also be random each time laser action begins. This prevents phase-resolved detection of the laser field. Here, we demonstrate how the carrier phase can be fixed in a semiconductor laser: a quantum cascade laser (QCL). This is performed by injection seeding a QCL with coherent terahertz pulses, which forces laser action to start on a fixed phase. This permits the emitted laser field to be synchronously sampled with a femtosecond laser beam, and measured in the time domain. We observe the phase-resolved buildup of the laser field, which can give insights into the laser dynamics. In addition, as the electric field oscillations are directly measured in the time domain, QCLs can now be used as sources for time-domain spectroscopy. PMID:20842195

  1. Active-region designs in quantum cascade lasers

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    This paper analyses the development of active-region designs in quantum cascade lasers. Active-region designs have been demonstrated to date that employ various radiative transitions (vertical, diagonal, interminiband and interband). The lower laser level is depopulated through nonradiative transitions, such as one- or two-phonon (and even three-phonon) relaxation or bound state → continuum transitions. Advances in active-region designs and energy diagram optimisation in the past few years have led to significant improvements in important characteristics of quantum cascade lasers, such as their output power, emission bandwidth, characteristic temperature and efficiency. (invited paper)

  2. Injection seeding of metal-metal terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Maussang, K; Wang, F.; A. Brewer; Freeman, JR; Maysonnave, J; Moumdji, S; Colombelli, R.; Li, L; Linfield, EH; Davies, AG; Beere, HE; Ritchie, DA; Tignon, J; Dhillon, SS

    2014-01-01

    We show the coherent detection of the laser emission from seeded terahertz (THz) quantum cascade lasers (QCL) with metal-metal waveguides using free-space coupling of a THz pulses to the sub-wavelength waveguide. We implement a simple, monolithic planar horn antenna design on the metalmetal waveguide that reduces the impedance mismatch to the waveguide. The laser emission is seeded and coherently detected using electro-optic sampling. Injection seeding of metal-metal waveguides with a LO phon...

  3. InAs-based quantum cascade lasers with enhanced confinement

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    Yang, Rui Q.

    2015-10-01

    InAs-based intersubband quantum cascade (QC) lasers with an improved waveguide configuration are proposed. Calculations and analyses are presented to show that the waveguide configuration will enhance the optical mode confinement and reduce optical absorption loss. We also discuss how these QC lasers could be constructed. It is expected that the performance of these InAs-based QC lasers, with the proposed waveguide configuration and optimizations, will be significantly improved.

  4. Electroluminescence of quantum-dash-based quantum cascade laser structures

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    We developed two mid-infrared quantum cascade structures based on InAs quantum dashes. The dashes were embedded either in AlInGaAs lattice-matched to InP or in tensile-strained AlInAs. The devices emit between 7 and 11 μm and are a step forward in the development of quantum cascade lasers based on 3-D confined active regions.

  5. QED cascades induced by circularly polarized laser fields

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    Elkina, N V; Kostyukov, I Yu; Legkov, M V; Narozhny, N B; Nerush, E N; Ruhl, H

    2010-01-01

    The results of Monte-Carlo simulations of electron-positron-photon cascades initiated by slow electrons in circularly polarized fields of ultra-high strength are presented and discussed. Our results confirm previous qualitative estimations [A.M. Fedotov, et al., PRL 105, 080402 (2010)] of the formation of cascades. This sort of cascades has revealed the new property of the restoration of energy and dynamical quantum parameter due to the acceleration of electrons and positrons by the field and may become a dominating feature of laser-matter interactions at ultra-high intensities. Our approach incorporates radiation friction acting on individual electrons and positrons.

  6. Spectroscopic Study of Terahertz Generation in Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Jiang, Yifan; Vijayraghavan, Karun; Jung, Seungyong; Jiang, Aiting; Kim, Jae Hyun; Demmerle, Frederic; Boehm, Gerhard; Amann, Markus C.; Belkin, Mikhail A.

    2016-02-01

    Terahertz quantum cascade laser sources based on intra-cavity difference-frequency generation are currently the only room-temperature mass-producible diode-laser-like emitters of coherent 1-6 THz radiation. Device performance has improved dramatically over the past few years to reach milliwatt-level power output and broad tuning from 1.2 to 5.9 THz, all at room-temperature. Terahertz output in these sources originates from intersubband optical nonlinearity in the laser active region. Here we report the first comprehensive spectroscopic study of the optical nonlinearity and investigate its dependence on the mid-infrared pump frequencies. Our work shows that the terahertz generation efficiency can vary by a factor of 2 or greater depending on the spectral position of the mid-infrared pumps for a fixed THz difference-frequency. We have also measured for the first time the linewidth for transitions between the lower quantum cascade laser states, which is critical for determining terahertz nonlinearity and predicting optical loss in quantum cascade laser waveguides.

  7. Femtosecond fibre laser with a hybrid linear-ring cavity

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    A new type of a femtosecond self-mode-locked erbium fibre laser is proposed and fabricated. The original hybrid design of the laser cavity taking advantage of ring and linear cavity lasers allows continuous tuning of the pulse repetition rate in a broad range (more that 30 kHz) and provides a high reliability of the self-mode-locking regime. (letters)

  8. High-power, low-lateral divergence broad area quantum cascade lasers with a tilted front facet

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    We introduce a simple technique to improve the beam quality of broad area quantum cascade lasers. Moderately tilted front facets of the laser provide suppression of higher order lateral waveguide modes. A device with a width of 60 μm and a front facet angle of 17° shows a nearly diffraction limited beam profile. In addition, the peak output power and the slope efficiency of the device are increased since most of the light inside the cavity is emitted through the tilted front facet by an asymmetric light intensity distribution along the cavity

  9. Dual-wavelength quantum cascade laser for trace gas spectroscopy

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    Jágerská, J.; Tuzson, B.; Mangold, M.; Emmenegger, L. [Laboratory for Air Pollution and Environmental Technology, Empa, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Jouy, P.; Hugi, A.; Beck, M.; Faist, J. [Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 16, 8093 Zürich (Switzerland); Looser, H. [Institute for Aerosol and Sensor Technology, FHNW, Klosterzelgstrasse 2, 5210 Windisch (Switzerland)

    2014-10-20

    We demonstrate a sequentially operating dual-wavelength quantum cascade laser with electrically separated laser sections, emitting single-mode at 5.25 and 6.25 μm. Based on a single waveguide ridge, this laser represents a considerable asset to optical sensing and trace gas spectroscopy, as it allows probing multiple gas species with spectrally distant absorption features using conventional optical setups without any beam combining optics. The laser capability was demonstrated in simultaneous NO and NO{sub 2} detection, reaching sub-ppb detection limits and selectivity comparable to conventional high-end spectroscopic systems.

  10. Dual-wavelength quantum cascade laser for trace gas spectroscopy

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    We demonstrate a sequentially operating dual-wavelength quantum cascade laser with electrically separated laser sections, emitting single-mode at 5.25 and 6.25 μm. Based on a single waveguide ridge, this laser represents a considerable asset to optical sensing and trace gas spectroscopy, as it allows probing multiple gas species with spectrally distant absorption features using conventional optical setups without any beam combining optics. The laser capability was demonstrated in simultaneous NO and NO2 detection, reaching sub-ppb detection limits and selectivity comparable to conventional high-end spectroscopic systems.

  11. Heterogeneously Integrated Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade Lasers on Silicon

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    Alexander Spott; Jon Peters; Davenport, Michael L; Eric J. Stanton; Chong Zhang; Merritt, Charles D.; William W. Bewley; Igor Vurgaftman; Chul Soo Kim; Jerry R. Meyer; Jeremy Kirch; Mawst, Luke J; Dan Botez; Bowers, John E

    2016-01-01

    Silicon integration of mid-infrared (MIR) photonic devices promises to enable low-cost, compact sensing and detection capabilities that are compatible with existing silicon photonic and silicon electronic technologies. Heterogeneous integration by bonding III-V wafers to silicon waveguides has been employed previously to build integrated diode lasers for wavelengths from 1310 to 2010 nm. Recently, Fabry-Pérot Quantum Cascade Lasers integrated on silicon provided a 4800 nm light source for mid...

  12. Photoacoustic Spectroscopy with Quantum Cascade Lasers for Trace Gas Detection

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    Gaetano Scamarcio; Pietro Mario LugarÃ; Cinzia Di Franco; Angela Elia

    2006-01-01

    Various applications, such as pollution monitoring, toxic-gas detection, non invasive medical diagnostics and industrial process control, require sensitive and selective detection of gas traces with concentrations in the parts in 109 (ppb) and sub-ppb range. The recent development of quantum-cascade lasers (QCLs) has given a new aspect to infrared laser-based trace gas sensors. In particular, single mode distributed feedback QCLs are attractive spectroscopic sources because of their excellent...

  13. Gain recovery time in a terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Bacon, David R.; Freeman, Joshua R.; Mohandas, Reshma A.; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H.; Davies, A. Giles; Dean, Paul

    2016-02-01

    The gain recovery time of a bound-to-continuum terahertz frequency quantum cascade laser, operating at 1.98 THz, has been measured using broadband terahertz-pump-terahertz-probe spectroscopy. The recovery time is found to reduce as a function of current density, attaining a value of 18 ps as the laser is brought close to threshold. We attribute this reduction to improved coupling efficiency between the injector state and the upper lasing level as the active region aligns.

  14. Microfluidic tuning of distributed feedback quantum cascade lasers

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    Diehl, Laurent; Lee, Benjamin G.; Behroozi, Peter; Loncar, Marko; Belkin, Mikhail; Capasso, Federico; Aellen, Thierry; Hofstetter, Daniel; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme

    2008-01-01

    In this Letter, we report the tuning of the emission wavelength of a single mode distributed feedback quantum cascade laser by modifying the mode effective refractive index using fluids. A fabrication procedure to encapsulate the devices in polymers for microfluidic delivery is also presented. The integration of microfluidics with semiconductor laser (optofluidics) is promising for new compact and portable lab-on-a-chip applications.

  15. Luminescence Spectra of a Quantum-Dot Cascade Laser

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    Apalkov, Vadim; Chakraborty, Tapash

    2000-01-01

    A quantum cascade laser where the quantum wells in the active regions are replaced by quantum dots with their atom-like discrete energy levels is an interesting system to study novel features in optical spectroscopy. We study structures suitable for diagonal lasing transitions in coupled dots, and vertical lasing transitions in a single dot, in the active regions of the laser device. The luminescence spectra as a function of electron number and dot size show that for diagonal transitions, a s...

  16. Quantum Cascade Laser Enabled Nano-liter Polymer Waveguide Sensor

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    Wu, Sheng; Deev, Andrei

    2012-01-01

    To improve the Mid-Infrared (IR) chemical sensing capabilities in liquids and gases, a polymer based waveguide that has 100% interaction with Quantum Cascade (QC) laser field is proposed and demonstrated. The waveguide has thickness down to 10s nanometers so that chemical diffusion and preconcentration could happen very fast; the path length is increased from several microns to over centimeters due to the high spectral and diffraction brightness of QC lasers. Efficient prism coupl...

  17. Quantum Cascade Surface-Emitting Photonic Crystal Laser

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    Colombelli, Raffaele; Srinivasan, Kartik; Troccoli, Mariano; Painter, Oskar; Gmachl, Claire F.; Tennant, Donald M.; Sergent, A. Michael; Sivco, Deborah L.; Cho, Alfred Y.; Capasso, Federico

    2003-01-01

    We combine photonic and electronic band structure engineering to create a surface-emitting quantum cascade microcavity laser. A high-index contrast two-dimensional photonic crystal is used to form a micro-resonator that simultaneously provides feedback for laser action and diffracts light vertically from the surface of the semiconductor surface. A top metallic contact allows electrical current injection and provides vertical optical confinement through a bound surface plasmon wave. The miniat...

  18. Nonlinear dynamics of an injected quantum cascade laser

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    Erneux, Thomas; Kovanis, Vassilios; Gavrielides, Athanasios

    2013-01-01

    The stability properties of an injected quantum cascade laser are investigated analytically on the basis of current estimates of the laser parameters. We show that in addition to stable locking, Hopf bifurcations leading to pulsating intensities are possible. We discuss the stability diagrams in terms of the detuning and the injection rate for different values of the linewidth enhancement factor. The analysis indicates domains of coexistence between two stable steady states (bistability) or b...

  19. Low threshold interband cascade lasers operating above room temperature

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    Hill, C. J.; Yang, B.; Yang, R. Q.

    2003-01-01

    Mid-IR type-II interband cascade lasers were demonstrated in pulsed mode at temperatures up to 325 K and in continuous mode up to 200 K. At 80 K, the threshold current density was 8.9 A/cm2 and a cw outpout power of 140 mW/facet was obtained.

  20. Quantum-mechanical wavepacket transport in quantum cascade laser structures

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    Lee, S. -C.; Banit, F.; Woerner, M.; Wacker, A.

    2005-01-01

    We present a viewpoint of the transport process in quantum cascade laser structures in which spatial transport of charge through the structure is a property of coherent quantum-mechanical wavefunctions. In contrast, scattering processes redistribute particles in energy and momentum but do not directly cause spatial motion of charge.

  1. Quantum cascade photonic crystal surface emitting injection laser

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    Colombelli, R.; Srinivasan, K.; Troccoli, M.; Painter, O.; Gmachl, C.; Capasso, F; Tennant, D. M.; Sergent, A. M.; Sivco, D.L.; Cho, A. Y.

    2003-01-01

    A surface emitting quantum cascade injection laser is presented. Direct surface emission is obtained by using a 2D photonic-band-gap structure that simultaneously acts as a microcavity. The approach may allow miniaturization and on-chip-integration of the devices.

  2. Three-dimensional imaging with a terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Nguyen, K. L.; Johns, M. L.; L F Gladden; Worrall, C. H.; Alexander, P.; Beere, H.E.; Pepper, M.; Ritchie, D. A.; Alton, J.; Barbieri, S; Linfield, E.H.

    2006-01-01

    Results are presented for the first imaging system that combines the high power of terahertz quantum cascade lasers with three- dimensional image reconstruction based on filtered back- projection. Images of various phantoms have been successfully reconstructed revealing both their external and internal structures. (c) 2006 Optical Society of America.

  3. Computation Of An Optimal Laser Cavity Using Splines

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    Pantelic, Dejan V.; Janevski, Zoran D.

    1989-03-01

    As an attempt to improve the efficiency of a solid state laser cavity, a non-elliptical cavity is proposed. Efficiency was calculated by the ray trace method and the cavity was simulated using a novel approach with splines. Computation shows that substantial gain in efficiency can be achieved for a close coupled configuration.

  4. FY 2005 Quantum Cascade Laser Alignment System Final Report

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    Myers, Tanya L.; Cannon, Bret D.; Wojcik, Michael D.; Broocks, Bryan T.; Stewart, Timothy L.; Hatchell, Brian K.

    2006-01-11

    The Alignment Lasers Task of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL's) Remote Spectroscopy Project (Project PL211I) is a co-funded project between DOE NA-22 and a Classified Client. This project, which began in the second half of FY03, involved building and delivering a Quantum Cascade (QC) Laser Alignment System to be used for testing the pupil alignment of an infrared sensor by measuring the response from four pairs of diametrically opposed QC lasers. PNNL delivered the system in FY04 and provided technical assistance in FY05 culminating into a successful demonstration of the system. This project evolved from the Laser Development Task of PL211I, which is involved in developing novel laser technology to support development of advanced chemical sensors for detecting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The laser systems are based on quantum cascade (QC) lasers, a new semiconductor source in the infrared. QC lasers can be tailored to emit light throughout the infrared region (3.5 ? 17 ?m) and have high output power and stability. Thus, these lasers provide an infrared source with superb power and spectral stability enabling them to be used for applications such as alignment and calibration in addition to chemical sensing.

  5. Room temperature continuous wave operation of quantum cascade lasers with 12.5% wall plug efficiency

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    An InP based quantum cascade laser heterostructure emitting at 4.6 μm was grown with gas-source molecular beam epitaxy. The wafer was processed into a conventional double-channel ridge waveguide geometry with ridge widths of 19.7 and 10.6 μm without semi-insulating InP regrowth. An uncoated, narrow ridge device with a 4.8 mm cavity length was epilayer down bonded to a diamond submount and exhibits 2.5 W maximum output power with a wall plug efficiency of 12.5% at room temperature in continuous wave operation

  6. Integration of a terahertz quantum cascade laser with a hollow waveguide

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    Wanke, Michael C.; Nordquist, Christopher D.

    2012-07-03

    The present invention is directed to the integration of a quantum cascade laser with a hollow waveguide on a chip to improve both the beam pattern and manufacturability. By coupling the QCL output into a single-mode rectangular waveguide the radiation mode structure can be known and the propagation, manipulation, and broadcast of the QCL radiation can then be entirely controlled by well-established rectangular waveguide techniques. By controlling the impedance of the interface, enhanced functions, such as creating amplifiers, efficient coupling to external cavities, and increasing power output from metal-metal THz QCLs, are also enabled.

  7. Low-Loss Hollow Waveguide Fibers for Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser Sensing Applications

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    James A. Harrington; Bledt, Carlos M.; Gaetano Scamarcio; Vincenzo Spagnolo; Vitiello, Miriam S; Pietro Patimisco

    2013-01-01

    We report on single mode optical transmission of hollow core glass waveguides (HWG) coupled with an external cavity mid-IR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). The QCL mode results perfectly matched to the hybrid HE11 waveguide mode and the higher losses TE-like modes have efficiently suppressed by the deposited inner dielectric coating. Optical losses down to 0.44 dB/m and output beam divergence of ~5 mrad were measured. Using a HGW fiber with internal core size of 300 µm we obtained single mode l...

  8. Broadly tunable monolithic room-temperature terahertz quantum cascade laser sources.

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    Jung, Seungyong; Jiang, Aiting; Jiang, Yifan; Vijayraghavan, Karun; Wang, Xiaojun; Troccoli, Mariano; Belkin, Mikhail A

    2014-01-01

    Electrically pumped room-temperature semiconductor sources of tunable terahertz radiation in 1-5 THz spectral range are highly desired to enable compact instrumentation for THz sensing and spectroscopy. Quantum cascade lasers with intra-cavity difference-frequency generation are currently the only room-temperature electrically pumped semiconductor sources that can operate in the entire 1-5 THz spectral range. Here we demonstrate that this technology is suitable to implementing monolithic room-temperature terahertz tuners with broadband electrical control of the emission frequency. Experimentally, we demonstrate ridge waveguide devices electrically tunable between 3.44 and 4.02 THz. PMID:25014053

  9. 30% improvement in absorption spectroscopy detectivity achieved by the detuned loading of a quantum cascade laser.

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    Michel, Florian; Juretzka, Carsten; Carras, Mathieu; Elsäßer, Wolfgang

    2014-11-01

    We perform a direct absorption spectroscopy experiment of carbon monoxide at 2193  cm(-1) by exploring the detectivity improvement potential of an intensity noise (IN)-reduced distributed feedback (DFB) quantum cascade laser. This was achieved by a detuned loading approach via a short, phase-sensitive optical feedback cavity. Under optimum IN reduction conditions, we obtain an improvement in signal-to-noise ratio from 733 to 1048, which transfers into a detection limit improvement from 1.2 ppm to 840 ppb. Therefore, we achieve a 30% lower detection limit, with the IN reduced when compared to the free-running case. PMID:25361352

  10. Stability analysis for bad cavity lasers with inhomogeneously broadened gain

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    Kazakov, Georgy A

    2016-01-01

    Bad cavity lasers are experiencing renewed interest in the context of active optical frequency standards, due to their enhanced robustness against fluctuations of the laser cavity. The gain medium would consist of narrow-linewidth atoms, either trapped inside the cavity or intersecting the cavity mode dynamically. A finite velocity distribution, atomic interactions, or interactions of realistic multilevel atoms with external field leads to an inhomogeneous broadening of the atomic gain profile. This can bring the bad cavity laser to operate in unstable regimes characterized by complex temporal patterns of the field amplitude. We present a new and efficient method for the stability analysis of bad cavity lasers with inhomogeneously broadened gain. We apply this method to identify the steady-state solutions for the metrology-relevant case of spin-1/2 atoms interacting with an external magnetic field.

  11. A rate equation approach to cavity mediated laser cooling

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    Blake, Tony; Kurcz, Andreas; Beige, Almut

    2012-01-01

    The cooling rate for cavity mediated laser cooling scales as the Lamb-Dicke parameter eta squared. A proper analysis of the cooling process hence needs to take terms up to eta^2 in the system dynamics into account. In this paper, we present such an analysis for a standard scenario of cavity mediated laser cooling with eta

  12. Effect of laser polarization on quantum electrodynamical cascading

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    Development of quantum electrodynamical (QED) cascades in a standing electromagnetic wave for circular and linear polarizations is simulated numerically with a 3D PIC-MC code. It is demonstrated that for the same laser energy the number of particles produced in a circularly polarized field is greater than in a linearly polarized field, though the acquiring mean energy per particle is larger in the latter case. The qualitative model of laser-assisted QED cascades is extended by including the effect of polarization of the field. It turns out that cascade dynamics is notably more complicated in the case of linearly polarized field, where separation into the qualitatively different “electric” and “magnetic” regions (where the electric field is stronger than the magnetic field and vice versa) becomes essential. In the “magnetic” regions, acceleration is suppressed, and moreover the high-energy electrons are even getting cooled by photon emission. The volumes of the “electric” and “magnetic” regions evolve periodically in time and so does the cascade growth rate. In contrast to the linear polarization, the charged particles can be accelerated by circularly polarized wave even in “magnetic region.” The “electric” and “magnetic” regions do not evolve in time, and cascade growth rate almost does not depend on time for circular polarization

  13. Regimes of external optical feedback in 5.6 μm distributed feedback mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers

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    External optical feedback is studied experimentally in mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers. These structures exhibit a dynamical response close to that observed in interband lasers, with threshold reduction and optical power enhancement when increasing the feedback ratio. The study of the optical spectrum proves that the laser undergoes five distinct regimes depending on the phase and amplitude of the reinjected field. These regimes are mapped in the plane of external cavity length and feedback strength, revealing unstable behavior only for a very narrow range of operation, making quantum cascade lasers much more stable than their interband counterparts.

  14. Lasing of multiperiod quantum-cascade lasers in the spectral range of (5.6–5.8)-μm under current pumping

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    The lasing of multiperiod quantum-cascade lasers in the spectral range of (5.6–5.8)-μm under current pumping are demonstrated. The quantum-cascade laser heterostructure is grown by molecular-beam epitaxy technique. Despite the relatively short laser cavity length and high level of external loss the laser shows the lasing in the temperature range of 80–220 K. The threshold current density below 4 kA/cm2 at 220 K with the characteristic temperature T0 = 123 K was demonstrated

  15. Lasing of multiperiod quantum-cascade lasers in the spectral range of (5.6–5.8)-μm under current pumping

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    Egorov, A. Yu., E-mail: anton@beam.ioffe.ru; Babichev, A. V.; Karachinsky, L. Ya.; Novikov, I. I. [Ioffe Institute (Russian Federation); Nikitina, E. V. [St. Petersburg Academic University (Russian Federation); Tchernycheva, M. [University Paris Sud XI, Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale (France); Sofronov, A. N.; Firsov, D. A.; Vorobjev, L. E. [Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russian Federation); Pikhtin, N. A.; Tarasov, I. S. [Ioffe Institute (Russian Federation)

    2015-11-15

    The lasing of multiperiod quantum-cascade lasers in the spectral range of (5.6–5.8)-μm under current pumping are demonstrated. The quantum-cascade laser heterostructure is grown by molecular-beam epitaxy technique. Despite the relatively short laser cavity length and high level of external loss the laser shows the lasing in the temperature range of 80–220 K. The threshold current density below 4 kA/cm{sup 2} at 220 K with the characteristic temperature T{sub 0} = 123 K was demonstrated.

  16. Guiding of Laser Beams in Plasmas by Radiation Cascade Compression

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    The near-resonant heatwave excitation of an electron plasma wave (EPW) can be employed for generating trains of few-fs electromagnetic pulses in rarefied plasmas. The EPW produces a co-moving index grating that induces a laser phase modulation at the beat frequency. Consequently, the cascade of sidebands red- and blue-shifted from the fundamental by integer multiples of the beat frequency is generated in the laser spectrum. When the beat frequency is lower than the electron plasma frequency, the phase chirp enables laser beatnote compression by the group velocity dispersion [S. Kalmykov and G. Shvets, Phys. Rev. E 73, 046403 (2006)]. In the 3D cylindrical geometry, the frequency-downshifted EPW not only modulates the laser frequency, but also causes the pulse to self-focus [P. Gibbon, Phys. Fluids B 2, 2196 (1990)]. After self-focusing, the multi-frequency laser beam inevitably diverges. Remarkably, the longitudinal beatnote compression can compensate the intensity drop due to diffraction. A train of high-intensity radiation spikes with continually evolving longitudinal profile can be self-guided over several Rayleigh lengths in homogeneous plasmas. High amplitude of the EPW is maintained over the entire propagation length. Numerical experiments on the electron acceleration in the cascade-driven (cascade-guided) EPW [using the code WAKE by P. Mora and T. M. Antonsen Jr., Phys. Plasmas 4, 217 (1997)] show that achieving GeV electron energy is possible under realistic experimental parameters

  17. Monolithically, widely tunable quantum cascade lasers based on a heterogeneous active region design

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    Zhou, Wenjia; Bandyopadhyay, Neelanjan; Wu, Donghai; McClintock, Ryan; Razeghi, Manijeh

    2016-06-01

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) have become important laser sources for accessing the mid-infrared (mid-IR) spectral range, achieving watt-level continuous wave operation in a compact package at room temperature. However, up to now, wavelength tuning, which is desirable for most applications, has relied on external cavity feedback or exhibited a limited monolithic tuning range. Here we demonstrate a widely tunable QCL source over the 6.2 to 9.1 μm wavelength range with a single emitting aperture by integrating an eight-laser sampled grating distributed feedback laser array with an on-chip beam combiner. The laser gain medium is based on a five-core heterogeneous QCL wafer. A compact tunable laser system was built to drive the individual lasers within the array and produce any desired wavelength within the available spectral range. A rapid, broadband spectral measurement (520 cm‑1) of methane using the tunable laser source shows excellent agreement to a measurement made using a standard low-speed infrared spectrometer. This monolithic, widely tunable laser technology is compact, with no moving parts, and will open new opportunities for MIR spectroscopy and chemical sensing.

  18. Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Operating at 2.94 THz

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    The development of quantum cascade laser at 2.94 THz is reported. The laser structure is based on a bound-to-continuum active region and a semi-insulating surface-plasmon waveguide. Lasing is observed up to a heat-sink temperature of 70 K in pulsed mode with light power of 4.75 mW at 10 K and 1 mW at 70 K. A threshold current density of 296.5 A/cm2 and an internal quantum efficiency of 1.57 × 10−2 per cascade period are also observed at 10 K. The characteristic temperature of this laser is extracted to be T0 = 57.5 K

  19. Mid-infrared digital holography and holographic interferometry with a tunable quantum cascade laser.

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    Ravaro, M; Locatelli, M; Pugliese, E; Di Leo, I; Siciliani de Cumis, M; D'Amato, F; Poggi, P; Consolino, L; Meucci, R; Ferraro, P; De Natale, P

    2014-08-15

    Mid-infrared digital holography based on CO2 lasers has proven to be a powerful coherent imaging technique due to reduced sensitivity to mechanical vibrations, increased field of view, high optical power, and possible vision through scattering media, e.g., smoke. Here we demonstrate a similar and more compact holographic system based on an external cavity quantum cascade laser emitting at 8 μm. Such a setup, which includes a highly sensitive microbolometric camera, allows the acquisition of speckle holograms of scattering objects, which can be processed in real time. In addition, by exploiting the broad laser tunability, we can acquire holograms at different wavelengths, from which we extract phase images not subjected to phase wrapping, at synthetic wavelengths ranging from hundreds of micrometers to several millimeters. PMID:25121889

  20. Frequency Comb Assisted Broadband Precision Spectroscopy with Cascaded Diode Lasers

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    Liu, Junqiu; Pfeiffer, Martin H P; Kordts, Arne; Kamel, Ayman N; Guo, Hairun; Geiselmann, Michael; Kippenberg, Tobias J

    2016-01-01

    Frequency comb assisted diode laser spectroscopy, employing both the accuracy of an optical frequency comb and the broad wavelength tuning range of a tunable diode laser, has been widely used in many applications. In this letter we present a novel method using cascaded frequency agile diode lasers, which allows extending the measurement bandwidth to 37.4 THz (1355 to 1630 nm) at MHz resolution with scanning speeds above 1 THz/s. It is demonstrated as a useful tool to characterize a broadband spectrum for molecular spectroscopy and in particular it enables to characterize the dispersion of integrated microresonators up to the fourth order.

  1. Porous waveguide facilitated low divergence quantum cascade laser

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    A quantum cascade laser with a porous waveguide structure emitting at 4.5 μm is reported. A branchlike porous structure filled with metal material was fabricated on both sides of the laser ridge by an electrochemical etching process. In contrast to the common ridge waveguide laser, devices with a porous structure give rather better beam quality. Utilizing this porous structure as a high-order mode absorber, the device exhibited fundamental transverse mode emission with a nearly diffraction limited far-field beam divergence angle of 4.90. (semiconductor devices)

  2. Sample Grating Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade Laser Array

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    Yan, FL; Zhang, JC; Liu, CW; Zhuo, N.; Liu, FQ.; Zhai, SQ; Wang, ZG

    2015-10-01

    A sample grating distributed feedback quantum cascade laser array aim at broad tunability and enhanced side mode suppression ratios is presented. Utilizing a sample grating dependence on emission wavelength and epitaxial side down bonding technique, the array of laser ridges exhibited three separated single mode emissions centered at 4.760, 4.721, and 4.711 μm respectively, in continuous wave at room temperature. Side mode suppression ratios of >35 dB and continuous wave output powers of >10 mW per laser ridge were obtained.

  3. High tuning stability of sampled grating quantum cascade lasers.

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    Kalchmair, Stefan; Blanchard, Romain; Mansuripur, Tobias S; de Naurois, Guy-Mael; Pfluegl, Christian; Witinski, Mark F; Diehl, Laurent; Capasso, Federico; Loncar, Marko

    2015-06-15

    Predictable tuning behavior and stable laser operation are both crucial for laser spectroscopy measurements. We report a sampled grating quantum cascade laser (QCL) with high spectral tuning stability over the entire tuning range. We have determined the minimum loss margin required to suppress undesired lasing modes in order to ensure predictable tuning behavior. We have quantified power fluctuations and drift of our devices by measuring the Allan deviation. To demonstrate the feasibility of sampled grating QCLs for high-precision molecular spectroscopy, we have built a simple transmission spectroscopy setup. Our results prove that sampled grating QCLs are suitable light sources for highly sensitive spectroscopy measurements. PMID:26193552

  4. Sample Grating Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade Laser Array.

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    Yan, F L; Zhang, J C; Liu, C W; Zhuo, N; Liu, Fq; Zhai, S Q; Wang, Z G

    2015-12-01

    A sample grating distributed feedback quantum cascade laser array aim at broad tunability and enhanced side mode suppression ratios is presented. Utilizing a sample grating dependence on emission wavelength and epitaxial side down bonding technique, the array of laser ridges exhibited three separated single mode emissions centered at 4.760, 4.721, and 4.711 μm respectively, in continuous wave at room temperature. Side mode suppression ratios of >35 dB and continuous wave output powers of >10 mW per laser ridge were obtained. PMID:26474887

  5. Porous waveguide facilitated low divergence quantum cascade laser

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    Yin Wen; Lu Quanyong; Liu Wanfeng; Zhang Jinchuan; Wang Lijun; Liu Junqi; Li Lu; Liu Fengqi; Wang Zhanguo, E-mail: fqliu@semi.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials Science, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2011-06-15

    A quantum cascade laser with a porous waveguide structure emitting at 4.5 {mu}m is reported. A branchlike porous structure filled with metal material was fabricated on both sides of the laser ridge by an electrochemical etching process. In contrast to the common ridge waveguide laser, devices with a porous structure give rather better beam quality. Utilizing this porous structure as a high-order mode absorber, the device exhibited fundamental transverse mode emission with a nearly diffraction limited far-field beam divergence angle of 4.9{sup 0}. (semiconductor devices)

  6. Widely tunable quantum cascade laser-based terahertz source.

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    Danylov, Andriy A; Light, Alexander R; Waldman, Jerry; Erickson, Neal; Qian, Xifeng

    2014-07-10

    A compact, tunable, ultranarrowband terahertz source, Δν∼1  MHz, is demonstrated by upconversion of a 2.324 THz, free-running quantum cascade laser with a THz Schottky-diode-balanced mixer using a swept, synthesized microwave source to drive the nonlinearity. Continuously tunable radiation of 1 μW power is demonstrated in two frequency regions: ν(Laser) ± 0 to 50 GHz and ν(Laser) ± 70 to 115 GHz. The sideband spectra were characterized with a Fourier-transform spectrometer, and the radiation was tuned through CO, HDO, and D2O rotational transitions. PMID:25090067

  7. Nonlinear dynamics of an injected quantum cascade laser.

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    Erneux, Thomas; Kovanis, Vassilios; Gavrielides, Athanasios

    2013-09-01

    The stability properties of an injected quantum cascade laser are investigated analytically on the basis of current estimates of the laser parameters. We show that in addition to stable locking, Hopf bifurcations leading to pulsating intensities are possible. We discuss the stability diagrams in terms of the detuning and the injection rate for different values of the linewidth enhancement factor. The analysis indicates domains of coexistence between two stable steady states (bistability) or between a stable steady state and stable periodic oscillations. All predictions are verified numerically by determining bifurcation diagrams from the laser rate equations. PMID:24125325

  8. Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser at 3.39 THz

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    We demonstrate the growth of terahertz quantum cascade laser (THz QCL) by gas source molecular beam epitaxy. X-ray diffraction and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopic measurements show the high crystalline quality of the THz QCL active region. From the cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy image, sharp interfaces are observed and the deduced cascade period thickness is consistent with the result of x-ray diffraction. The test device is lasing at 3.39THz and operating up to 100K in pulsed mode. At 10K, the maximum output power is greater than 1mW with a threshold current density of 738A/cm2

  9. Vector cavity solitons in broad area Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers.

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    Averlant, Etienne; Tlidi, Mustapha; Thienpont, Hugo; Ackemann, Thorsten; Panajotov, Krassimir

    2016-01-01

    We report the experimental observation of two-dimensional vector cavity solitons in a Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) under linearly polarized optical injection when varying optical injection linear polarization direction. The polarization of the cavity soliton is not the one of the optical injection as it acquires a distinct ellipticity. These experimental results are qualitatively reproduced by the spin-flip VCSEL model. Our findings open the road to polarization multiplexing when using cavity solitons in broad-area lasers as pixels in information technology. PMID:26847004

  10. Heterogeneously Integrated Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade Lasers on Silicon

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    Alexander Spott

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Silicon integration of mid-infrared (MIR photonic devices promises to enable low-cost, compact sensing and detection capabilities that are compatible with existing silicon photonic and silicon electronic technologies. Heterogeneous integration by bonding III-V wafers to silicon waveguides has been employed previously to build integrated diode lasers for wavelengths from 1310 to 2010 nm. Recently, Fabry-Pérot Quantum Cascade Lasers integrated on silicon provided a 4800 nm light source for mid-infrared (MIR silicon photonic applications. Distributed feedback (DFB lasers are appealing for many high-sensitivity chemical spectroscopic sensing applications that require a single frequency, narrow-linewidth MIR source. While heterogeneously integrated 1550 nm DFB lasers have been demonstrated by introducing a shallow surface grating on a silicon waveguide within the active region, no mid-infrared DFB laser on silicon has been reported to date. Here we demonstrate quantum cascade DFB lasers heterogeneously integrated with silicon-on-nitride-on-insulator (SONOI waveguides. These lasers emit over 200 mW of pulsed power at room temperature and operate up to 100 °C. Although the output is not single mode, the DFB grating nonetheless imposes wavelength selectivity with 22 nm of thermal tuning.

  11. Modeling vibroacoustic systems involving cascade open cavities and micro-perforated panels.

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    Yu, Xiang; Cheng, Li; Guyader, Jean-Louis

    2014-08-01

    While the structural-acoustic coupling between flexible structures and closed acoustic cavities has been extensively studied in the literature, the modeling of structures coupled through open cavities, especially connected in cascade, is still a challenging task for most of the existing methods. The possible presence of micro-perforated panels (MPPs) in such systems adds additional difficulties in terms of both modeling and physical understanding. In this study, a sub-structuring methodology based on the Patch Transfer Function (PTF) approach with a Compound Interface treatment technique, referred to as CI-PTF method, is proposed, for dealing with complex systems involving cascade open/closed acoustic cavities and MPPs. The co-existence of apertures and solid/flexible/micro-perforated panels over a mixed separation interface is characterized using a compound panel subsystem, which enhances the systematic coupling feature of the PTF framework. Using several typical configurations, the versatility and efficiency of the proposed method is illustrated. Numerical studies highlight the physical understanding on the behavior of MPP inside a complex vibroacoustic environment, thus providing guidance for the practical design of such systems. PMID:25096101

  12. Monolithically Integrated Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser and Detector

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    Gottfried Strasser

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate the monolithic integration of a mid-infrared laser and detector utilizing a bi-functional quantum cascade active region. When biased, this active region provides optical gain, while it can be used as a detector at zero bias. With our novel approach we can measure the light intensity of the laser on the same chip without the need of external lenses or detectors. Based on a bound-to-continuum design, the bi-functional active region has an inherent broad electro-luminescence spectrum of 200 cm-1, which indicates its use for single mode laser arrays. We have measured a peak signal of 191.5 mV at the on-chip detector, without any amplification. The room-temperature pulsed emission with an averaged power consumption of 4 mW and the high-speed detection makes these devices ideal for low-power sensors. The combination of the on-chip detection functionality, the broad emission spectrum and the low average power consumption indicates the potential of our bi-functional quantum cascade structures to build a mid-infrared lab-on-a-chip based on quantum cascade laser technology.

  13. Monolithically Integrated Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser and Detector

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    Schwarz, Benedikt; Reininger, Peter; Detz, Hermann; Zederbauer, Tobias; Andrews, Aaron Maxwell; Schrenk, Werner; Strasser, Gottfried

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate the monolithic integration of a mid-infrared laser and detector utilizing a bi-functional quantum cascade active region. When biased, this active region provides optical gain, while it can be used as a detector at zero bias. With our novel approach we can measure the light intensity of the laser on the same chip without the need of external lenses or detectors. Based on a bound-to-continuum design, the bi-functional active region has an inherent broad electro-luminescence spectrum of 200 cm−1, which indicate sits use for single mode laser arrays. We have measured a peak signal of 191.5 mV at theon-chip detector, without any amplification. The room-temperature pulsed emission with an averaged power consumption of 4 mW and the high-speed detection makes these devices ideal for low-power sensors. The combination of the on-chip detection functionality, the broad emission spectrum and the low average power consumption indicates the potential of our bi-functional quantum cascade structures to build a mid-infrared lab-on-a-chip based on quantum cascade laser technology. PMID:23389348

  14. Monolithically integrated mid-infrared quantum cascade laser and detector.

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    Schwarz, Benedikt; Reininger, Peter; Detz, Hermann; Zederbauer, Tobias; Andrews, Aaron Maxwell; Schrenk, Werner; Strasser, Gottfried

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate the monolithic integration of a mid-infrared laser and detector utilizing a bi-functional quantum cascade active region. When biased, this active region provides optical gain, while it can be used as a detector at zero bias. With our novel approach we can measure the light intensity of the laser on the same chip without the need of external lenses or detectors. Based on a bound-to-continuum design, the bi-functional active region has an inherent broad electro-luminescence spectrum of 200 cm⁻¹, which indicates its use for single mode laser arrays. We have measured a peak signal of 191.5 mV at the on-chip detector, without any amplification. The room-temperature pulsed emission with an averaged power consumption of 4 mW and the high-speed detection makes these devices ideal for low-power sensors. The combination of the on-chip detection functionality, the broad emission spectrum and the low average power consumption indicates the potential of our bi-functional quantum cascade structures to build a mid-infrared lab-on-a-chip based on quantum cascade laser technology. PMID:23389348

  15. Frequency noise in mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers

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    Full text: Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) are semiconductor lasers whose emission wavelength can be tailored in order to reach the absorption bands of a wide variety of molecules in the mid-IR. In this work we present recent results of frequency-noise measurements in distributed feedback QCLs at 4.6 μm. We report a very different dependence of the frequency noise as a function of temperature between buried-heterostructure and ridge-waveguide lasers. A strong correlation between internal electrical fluctuations and fluctuations of the laser optical frequency is shown. Finally, the mechanisms of noise generation as well as the importance of the laser thermal resistance are discussed. (author)

  16. Nonlinear dynamics of quantum cascade lasers with optical feedback

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    Jumpertz, L.; Ferré, S.; Schires, K.; Carras, M.; Grillot, F.

    2015-01-01

    Quantum Cascade (QC) lasers are widely used in optical communications, high-resolution spectroscopy, imaging, and remote sensing due to their wide spectral range, going from mid-infrared to the terahertz regime. The dynamics of QClasers are dominated by their ultrafast carrier lifetime, typically of the order of a few picoseconds. The combination of optical nonlinearities and ultrafast dynamics is an interesting feature of QC-lasers, and investigating the dynamical properties of such lasers gives unprecedented insights into the underlying physics of the components, which is of interest for the next generation of QC devices. A particular feature of QC-lasers is the absence of relaxation oscillations, which is the consequence of the relatively short carrier lifetime compared to photon lifetime. Optical feedback (i.e. self-injection) is known to be a robust technique for stabilizing or synchronizing a free-running laser, however its effect on QC-lasers remains mostly unexplored. This work aims at discussing the dynamical properties of QC-lasers operating under optical feedback by employing a novel set of rate equations taking into account the upper and lower lasing levels, the bottom state as well as the gain stage's cascading. This work analyzes the static laser properties subject to optical feedback and provides a comparison with experiments. Spectral analysis reveals that QC-lasers undergo distinct feedback regimes depending on the phase and amplitude of the reinjected field, and that the coherence-collapse regime only appears in a very narrow range of operation, making such lasers much more stable than their interband counterparts.

  17. Continuous Emission Monitoring of Tetrafluoromethane Using Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Peter Geiser

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Recent developments in quantum cascade lasers have enabled the development of new sensors for in-situ applications that have so far only been possible with extractive systems. In this work, a sensor is presented using a unique Wavelength Modulation Spectroscopy approach to measure tetrafluoromethane, a strong greenhouse gas. The sensor was characterized in a laboratory environment indicating a long-term detection limit of 20 ppb·m and a short-term value of well below 10 ppb·m. To demonstrate the feasibility of the sensor in a real-world environment, it was installed at an Alcoa aluminum smelter. A co-located Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer allowed direct comparison measurements of both systems. General agreement between the two methods was observed, leading to the conclusion that the developed in-situ quantum cascade laser based sensor has the potential to continuously measure tetrafluoromethane at aluminum smelters.

  18. Influence of nonparabolicity on electronic structure of quantum cascade laser

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    We analyze the influence of nonparabolicity on the bound electronic states in the conduction-band of quantum wells in external electric field. Numerical results, obtained by transfer matrix method are presented for active region of GaAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As quantum cascade laser. The structure was initially optimized by genetic algorithm, using Kane's model of nonparabolicity, with emission wavelength set to λ≈15.1 μm. However, our numerical results indicate the change in lasing wavelength to 14.04 μm when using a more comprehensive description of nonparabolicity. - Highlights: • We present an improved model of conduction band nonparabolicity in quantum wells. • The model is applied to the active region of quantum cascade laser. • Greater energy shift is found in comparison to Kane's model of nonparabolicity

  19. Scattering assisted injection based injectorless mid infrared quantum cascade laser

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    An injectorless five-well mid infrared quantum cascade laser is analyzed which relies on phonon scattering injection in contrast to resonant tunneling injection, which has been previously used for injectorless designs. A Monte Carlo based self-consistent electron and photon transport simulator is used to analyze the performance of the analyzed design and compare it to existing injectorless designs. The simulation results show that the analyzed design could greatly enhance the optical gain and the characteristic temperatures of injectorless quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) which have typically been hindered by low characteristic temperatures and significant temperature related performance degradation. Simulations of the analyzed device predict threshold current densities of 0.85 kA/cm2 and 1.95 kA/cm2 at 77 K and 300 K, respectively, which are comparable to the threshold current densities of conventional injector based QCLs.

  20. Scattering assisted injection based injectorless mid infrared quantum cascade laser

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    Singh, Siddharth, E-mail: thakursiddarth.singh@stonybrook.edu; Kamoua, Ridha [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794 (United States)

    2014-06-07

    An injectorless five-well mid infrared quantum cascade laser is analyzed which relies on phonon scattering injection in contrast to resonant tunneling injection, which has been previously used for injectorless designs. A Monte Carlo based self-consistent electron and photon transport simulator is used to analyze the performance of the analyzed design and compare it to existing injectorless designs. The simulation results show that the analyzed design could greatly enhance the optical gain and the characteristic temperatures of injectorless quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) which have typically been hindered by low characteristic temperatures and significant temperature related performance degradation. Simulations of the analyzed device predict threshold current densities of 0.85 kA/cm{sup 2} and 1.95 kA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K and 300 K, respectively, which are comparable to the threshold current densities of conventional injector based QCLs.

  1. Influence of nonparabolicity on electronic structure of quantum cascade laser

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    Vuković, Nikola; Milanović, Vitomir; Radovanović, Jelena, E-mail: radovanovic@etf.bg.ac.rs

    2014-06-13

    We analyze the influence of nonparabolicity on the bound electronic states in the conduction-band of quantum wells in external electric field. Numerical results, obtained by transfer matrix method are presented for active region of GaAs/Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}As quantum cascade laser. The structure was initially optimized by genetic algorithm, using Kane's model of nonparabolicity, with emission wavelength set to λ≈15.1 μm. However, our numerical results indicate the change in lasing wavelength to 14.04 μm when using a more comprehensive description of nonparabolicity. - Highlights: • We present an improved model of conduction band nonparabolicity in quantum wells. • The model is applied to the active region of quantum cascade laser. • Greater energy shift is found in comparison to Kane's model of nonparabolicity.

  2. Quantum Cascade Lasers between terahertz and mid infrared

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    Full text: The only gap left in the infrared spectral coverage of quantum cascade lasers (QCL) is the 5-12 THz region, which corresponds to the restrahlen band of III-V semiconductors. No solid-state laser sources exist in this range but some applications, like radioastronomy, are in the need for single frequency sources at these frequencies. We are studying the feasibility of QCLs in this spectral range employing the standard InGaAs/InAlAs material system, and we also propose the use of InGaAs/GaAsSb. We demonstrate an InGaAs/InAlAs QCL emitting at 23 μm wavelength in a dielectric waveguide. We also show electroluminescence from a two-well quantum cascade structure in a double-metal waveguide, with emission centered around 10.5 THz (29μm wavelength). (author)

  3. Twin laser cavity solitons in a VCSEL with saturable absorber

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    Eslami, Mansour; Kheradmand, Reza; Bahari, Parvin; Tajalli, Habib

    2015-09-01

    We show numerically the existence and stability of double-peak (twin) laser cavity solitons in a model of a semiconductor laser containing a saturable absorber. The onset of twin laser cavity solitons is observed in a narrow range of switching pulse energies above the maximum energy required to switch a normal single laser cavity soliton. Also, the FWHM value of the population dip at the end of injection is found to be wider which later breaks into two closely spaced dips. Three regimes of oscillating, oscillating-rotating and oscillating-rotating-travelling twin laser cavity solitons are reported depending on the value of a bifurcation parameter given by the ratio of the lifetimes of carriers in amplifier and absorber materials. The associated dynamical behaviors in these three regimes are also discussed.

  4. A Terahertz VRT spectrometer employing quantum cascade lasers

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    Cole, William T. S.; Hlavacek, Nik C.; Lee, Alan W. M.; Kao, Tsung-Yu; Hu, Qing; Reno, John L.; Saykally, Richard J.

    2015-10-01

    The first application of a commercial Terahertz quantum cascade laser (QCL) system for high resolution spectroscopy of supersonic beams is presented. The QCLs exhibited continuous linear voltage tuning over a 2 GHz range about a center frequency of 3.762 THz with ∼1 ppm resolution. A sensitivity of ∼1 ppm fractional absorption was measured with a single pass optical system. Multipass operation at the quantum noise limit of the stressed photoconductor detector would produce a 100-fold improvement.

  5. Magnetic field induced luminescence spectra in a quantum cascade laser

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    Apalkov, V. M.; Chakraborty, T.

    2000-01-01

    We report on our study of the luminescence spectra of a quantum cascade laser in the presence of an external magnetic field tilted from the direction perpendicular to the electron plane. The effect of the tilted field is to allow novel optical transitions because of the coupling of intersubband-cyclotron energies. We find that by tuning the applied field, one can get optical transitions at different energies that are as sharp as the zero-field transitions.

  6. Dual wavelength emission from a terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    We describe a heterogeneous THz quantum cascade laser that is composed of two different active region designs. This device emits simultaneously at around 2.5 THz and 2.9 THz with a certain frequency tunability by applied current. We also investigate the spectral gain in the structure by THz time-domain spectroscopy and correlate the gain spectral bandwidth with the alignment and wavelength emission behaviour of the two stack device.

  7. Emission measurement with quantum cascade laser; Emissionsmessung mittels Quantenkaskadenlaser

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    Schroeder, Matthias; Scheder, Daniel; Czika, Werner [Horiba Europe GmbH, Oberursel (Germany)

    2011-05-15

    With the Mexa-1400QL-NX Horiba offers a new exhaust gas measurement solution which is based on the Quantum Cascade Laser technology. The new method is able to test gasoline, diesel and alternative fuelled engines with regard to their NO, NO{sub 2}, N{sub 2}O and NH{sub 3} emissions and is a tool for research and development of powertrains and exhaust aftertreatment devices. (orig.)

  8. Frequency modulation spectroscopy with a terahertz quantum-cascade laser

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    Eichholz, René; Richter, Heiko; Wienold, Martin; Schrottke, Lutz; Grahn, H. T.; Hübers, H. -W.

    2014-01-01

    Many physical phenomena have characteristic energies, which correspond to terahertz (THz) frequencies. For example, high-resolution spectroscopy allows for the investigation of the structure and the energy levels of molecules and atoms. THz quantum-cascade lasers (QCLs) are promising radiation sources for such a type of spectroscopy, because they are frequency tunable, and they exhibit mW output powers as well as a narrow line width. So far, absorption spectroscopy with QCLs employed modulati...

  9. THz Quantum-Cascade Laser as Local Oscillator for SOFIA

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    Richter, Heiko; Greiner-Bär, Michael; Pavlov, Sergey; Semenov, A. D.; Wienold, Martin; Schrottke, L; Giehler, M.; Hey, R.; Grahn, H.-T.; Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm

    2011-01-01

    We report on the development of a compact local oscillator (LO) for operation on board of SOFIA, namely for GREAT, the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies. The LO combines a quantum-cascade laser (QCL) with a compact, low-input-power Stirling cooler. The output power is sufficient for pumping a hot-electron bolometer mixer. Frequency stabilization is achieved by locking to a molecular absorption line. Detectors operating at room temperature can be used for the stabilization...

  10. Quantum transport calculations for quantum cascade laser structures

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    Lee, S. C.; Wacker, A.

    2001-01-01

    We apply a quantum transport theory based on nonequilibrium Green's functions to quantum cascade laser (QCL) structures, treating simultaneously the transmission through the injector regions and the relaxation due to scattering in the active region. The quantum kinetic equations are solved self-consistently using self-energies for interface roughness and phonon scattering processes within the self-consistent Born approximation. In this way, we obtain the current density J, and the average ele...

  11. Quantum cascade laser light propagation through hollow silica waveguides

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    Francis, D.; Hodgkinson, Jane; Livingstone, B.; Tatam, Ralph P.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the transmission characteristics of hollow silica waveguides with bore diameters of 300 and 1000 μm are investigated using a 7.8-μm quantum cascade laser system. We show that the bore diameter, coiling and launch conditions have an impact on the number of supported modes in the waveguide. Experimental verification of theoretical predictions is achieved using a thermal imaging camera to monitor output intensity distributions from waveguides under a range of conditions. The therm...

  12. Fast Infrared Chemical Imaging with a Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Yeh, Kevin; Kenkel, Seth; Liu, Jui-Nung; Bhargava, Rohit

    2014-01-01

    Infrared (IR) spectroscopic imaging systems are a powerful tool for visualizing molecular microstructure of a sample without the need for dyes or stains. Table-top Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) imaging spectrometers, the current established technology, can record broadband spectral data efficiently but requires scanning the entire spectrum with a low throughput source. The advent of high-intensity, broadly tunable quantum cascade lasers (QCL) has now accelerated IR imaging but results in...

  13. Intrinsic linewidth of quantum cascade laser frequency combs

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    Cappelli, Francesco; Riedi, Sabine; Faist, Jerome

    2015-01-01

    The frequency noise power spectral density of a free-running quantum cascade laser frequency comb is investigated. A plateau is observed at high frequencies, attributed to the quantum noise limit set by the Schawlow-Townes formula for the total laser power on all comb lines. In our experiment, a linewidth of 292 Hz is measured for a total power of 25 mW. This result proves that the four-wave mixing process, responsible for the comb operation, effectively correlates the quantum noise of the individual comb lines.

  14. Intrinsic linewidth of quantum cascade laser frequency combs

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    Cappelli, Francesco; Villares, Gustavo; Riedi, Sabine; Faist, Jerome

    2015-01-01

    The frequency noise power spectral density of a free-running quantum cascade laser frequency comb is investigated. A plateau is observed at high frequencies, attributed to the quantum noise limit set by the Schawlow-Townes formula for the total laser power on all comb lines. In our experiment, a linewidth of 292 Hz is measured for a total power of 25 mW. This result proves that the four-wave mixing process, responsible for the comb operation, effectively correlates the quantum noise of the in...

  15. Monolithically Integrated Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser and Detector

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    Gottfried Strasser; Werner Schrenk; Aaron Maxwell Andrews; Tobias Zederbauer; Hermann Detz; Peter Reininger; Benedikt Schwarz

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate the monolithic integration of a mid-infrared laser and detector utilizing a bi-functional quantum cascade active region. When biased, this active region provides optical gain, while it can be used as a detector at zero bias. With our novel approach we can measure the light intensity of the laser on the same chip without the need of external lenses or detectors. Based on a bound-to-continuum design, the bi-functional active region has an inherent broad electro-luminescence spect...

  16. Sample Grating Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade Laser Array

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    Yan, FL; Zhang, JC; Liu, CW; Zhuo, N.; Liu, FQ.; Zhai, SQ; Wang, ZG

    2015-01-01

    A sample grating distributed feedback quantum cascade laser array aim at broad tunability and enhanced side mode suppression ratios is presented. Utilizing a sample grating dependence on emission wavelength and epitaxial side down bonding technique, the array of laser ridges exhibited three separated single mode emissions centered at 4.760, 4.721, and 4.711 μm respectively, in continuous wave at room temperature. Side mode suppression ratios of >35 dB and continuous wave output powers of >10 ...

  17. Quantum cascade laser: Applications in chemical detection and environmental monitoring

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    Radovanović Jelena; Milanović Vitomir

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we consider the structural parameter optimization of the active region of a GaAs-based quantum cascade laser in order to maximize the optical gain of the laser at the characteristic wavelengths, which are best suited for detection of pollutant gasses, such as SO2, HNO3, CH4, and NH3, in the ambient air by means of direct absorption. The procedure relies on applying elaborate tools for global optimization, such as the genetic algorithm. One of the important goals is to extend the...

  18. Influence of interface roughness in quantum cascade lasers

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    Krivas, K. A.; Winge, D. O.; Franckié, M.; Wacker, A.

    2015-09-01

    We use a numerical model based on non-equilibrium Green's functions to investigate the influence of interface roughness (IFR) scattering in terahertz quantum cascade lasers. We confirm that IFR is an important phenomenon that affects both current and gain. The simulations indicate that IFR causes a leakage current that transfers electrons from the upper to the lower laser state. In certain cases, this current can greatly reduce gain. In addition, individual interfaces and their impact on the renormalized single particle energies are studied and shown to give both blue- and red-shifts of the gain spectrum.

  19. Optimization study of third harmonic generation in quantum cascade lasers.

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    Mojibpour, Ali; Pourfath, Mahdi; Kosina, Hans

    2014-08-25

    A systematic optimization study of quantum cascade lasers with integrated nonlinearity for third-harmonic generation is performed. To model current transport the Pauli master equation is solved using a Monte Carlo approach. A multi-objective particle swarm optimization algorithm is applied to obtain the Pareto front. Our theoretical analysis indicates an optimized structure with five orders of magnitude increase in the generated third-harmonic power with respect to the reference design. This striking performance comes with a low threshold current density of about 1.6 kA/cm2 and is attributed to double resonant phonon scattering assisted extraction and injection scheme of the laser. PMID:25321265

  20. Influence of interface roughness in quantum cascade lasers

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    We use a numerical model based on non-equilibrium Green's functions to investigate the influence of interface roughness (IFR) scattering in terahertz quantum cascade lasers. We confirm that IFR is an important phenomenon that affects both current and gain. The simulations indicate that IFR causes a leakage current that transfers electrons from the upper to the lower laser state. In certain cases, this current can greatly reduce gain. In addition, individual interfaces and their impact on the renormalized single particle energies are studied and shown to give both blue- and red-shifts of the gain spectrum

  1. Influence of interface roughness in quantum cascade lasers

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    Krivas, K. A.; Winge, D. O.; Franckié, M.; Wacker, A., E-mail: andreas.wacker@fysik.lu.se [Division of Mathematical Physics, Lund University, Box 118, Lund 221 00 (Sweden)

    2015-09-21

    We use a numerical model based on non-equilibrium Green's functions to investigate the influence of interface roughness (IFR) scattering in terahertz quantum cascade lasers. We confirm that IFR is an important phenomenon that affects both current and gain. The simulations indicate that IFR causes a leakage current that transfers electrons from the upper to the lower laser state. In certain cases, this current can greatly reduce gain. In addition, individual interfaces and their impact on the renormalized single particle energies are studied and shown to give both blue- and red-shifts of the gain spectrum.

  2. Broadband Continuous Wave Quantum Cascade laser beatnote characterization

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    Full text: Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) operated in continuous wave tend to become multimode above a certain value of the threshold current. There is great interest in understanding this multimode behavior in QCLs, since it is of key importance for technology to master this regime for various applications. We present a study of the beatnote, measured using a quantum well infrared photodetector at the round trip frequency of the laser, of a broadband continuous wave QCL. The laser emits radiation over 200 cm-1 with an output power of 78 mW at -200C at a center wavelength of 7 μm. We record an interferogram of the beatnote through an FTIR. This gives us information on the relative phases between the laser modes as well as the spectral composition of the beatnote. (author)

  3. Low-Loss Hollow Waveguide Fibers for Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser Sensing Applications

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    Patimisco, Pietro; Spagnolo, Vincenzo; Vitiello, Miriam S.; Scamarcio, Gaetano; Bledt, Carlos M.; Harrington, James A.

    2013-01-01

    We report on single mode optical transmission of hollow core glass waveguides (HWG) coupled with an external cavity mid-IR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). The QCL mode results perfectly matched to the hybrid HE11 waveguide mode and the higher losses TE-like modes have efficiently suppressed by the deposited inner dielectric coating. Optical losses down to 0.44 dB/m and output beam divergence of ∼5 mrad were measured. Using a HGW fiber with internal core size of 300 μm we obtained single mode laser transmission at 10.54 μm and successful employed it in a quartz enhanced photoacoustic gas sensor setup. PMID:23337336

  4. Two-photon cavity solitons in a laser: radiative profiles, interaction and control

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    We study the properties of two-photon cavity solitons that appear in a broad-area cascade laser. These vectorial solitons consist of islands of two-photon emission emerging over a background of single-photon emission. Analysis of their structural properties reveals singular features such as their short distance radiation of outgoing waves, which can be interpreted in terms of the soliton frequency profile. However, the phase of these solitons is not determined by any external factor, which influences the way in which the structures can be written and erased. We also examine ways of controlling the cavity-soliton position, and analyse the interaction between neighbouring cavity solitons. Finally, investigation of the parameter dependence of these structures shows a route from soliton-dominated to defect-mediated turbulence

  5. Realization of a semiconductor-based cavity soliton laser

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    Tanguy, Y.; Ackemann, T.; Firth, W. J.; Jaeger, R.

    2007-01-01

    The realization of a cavity soliton laser using a vertical-cavity surface-emitting semiconductor gain structure coupled to an external cavity with a frequency-selective element is reported. All-optical control of bistable solitonic emission states representing small microlasers is demonstrated by injection of an external beam. The control scheme is phase-insensitive and hence expected to be robust for all-optical processing applications. The motility of these structures is also demonstrated.

  6. Ultra-broad gain quantum cascade lasers tunable from 6.5 to 10.4 μm.

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    Xie, Feng; Caneau, C; Leblanc, H; Ho, M-T; Zah, C

    2015-09-01

    We present a quantum cascade laser structure with an ultra-broad gain profile that covers the wavelength range from 6.5 to 10.4 μm. In a grating-tuned external cavity, we demonstrated continuous tuning from 1027  cm(-1) to 1492  cm(-1) with this broad gain laser chip. We also fabricated distributed feedback quantum cascade laser arrays with this active region design and varied grating periods. We demonstrated single wavelength lasing from 962 (10.4) to 1542  cm(-1) (6.5 μm). The frequency coverage (580  cm(-1)) is about 46% of center frequency. PMID:26368736

  7. Active polarisation control of a quantum cascade laser using tuneable birefringence in waveguides.

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    Dhirhe, D; Slight, T J; Holmes, B M; Ironside, C N

    2013-10-01

    We discuss the design, modelling, fabrication and characterisation of an integrated tuneable birefringent waveguide for quantum cascade lasers. We have fabricated quantum cascade lasers operating at wavelengths around 4450 nm that include polarisation mode converters and a differential phase shift section. We employed below laser threshold electroluminescence to investigate the single pass operation of the integrated device. We use a theory based on the electro-optic properties of birefringence in quantum cascade laser waveguides combined with a Jones matrix based description to gain an understanding of the electroluminescence results. With the quantum cascade lasers operating above threshold we demonstrated polarisation control of the output. PMID:24104336

  8. Remote Chemical Sensing Using Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Harper, Warren W.; Schultz, John F.

    2003-01-30

    Spectroscopic chemical sensing research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is focused on developing advanced sensors for detecting the production of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons; use of chemical weapons; or the presence of explosives, firearms, narcotics, or other contraband of significance to homeland security in airports, cargo terminals, public buildings, or other sensitive locations. For most of these missions, the signature chemicals are expected to occur in very low concentrations, and in mixture with ambient air or airborne waste streams that contain large numbers of other species that may interfere with spectroscopic detection, or be mistaken for signatures of illicit activity. PNNL’s emphasis is therefore on developing remote and sampling sensors with extreme sensitivity, and resistance to interferents, or selectivity. PNNL’s research activities include: 1. Identification of signature chemicals and quantification of their spectral characteristics, 2. Identification and development of laser and other technologies that enable breakthroughs in sensitivity and selectivity, 3. Development of promising sensing techniques through experimentation and modeling the physical phenomenology and practical engineering limitations affecting their performance, and 4. Development and testing of data collection methods and analysis algorithms. Close coordination of all aspects of the research is important to ensure that all parts are focused on productive avenues of investigation. Close coordination of experimental development and numerical modeling is particularly important because the theoretical component provides understanding and predictive capability, while the experiments validate calculations and ensure that all phenomena and engineering limitations are considered.

  9. A hybrid plasmonic waveguide terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Degl' Innocenti, Riccardo, E-mail: rd448@cam.ac.uk; Shah, Yash D.; Wallis, Robert; Klimont, Adam; Ren, Yuan; Jessop, David S.; Beere, Harvey E.; Ritchie, David A. [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J. J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom)

    2015-02-23

    We present the realization of a quantum cascade laser emitting at around 2.85 THz, based on a hybrid plasmonic waveguide with a low refractive index dielectric cladding. This hybrid waveguide design allows the performance of a double-metal waveguide to be retained, while improving the emission far-field. A set of lasers based on the same active region material were fabricated with different metal layer thicknesses. A detailed characterization of the performance of these lasers revealed that there is an optimal trade-off that yields the best far-field emission and the maximum temperature of operation. By exploiting the pure plasmonic mode of these waveguides, the standard operation conditions of a double-metal quantum cascade laser were retrieved, such that the maximum operating temperature of these devices is not affected by the process. These results pave the way to realizing a class of integrated devices working in the terahertz range which could be further exploited to fabricate terahertz on-chip circuitry.

  10. Photoacoustic Spectroscopy with Quantum Cascade Lasers for Trace Gas Detection

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    Gaetano Scamarcio

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Various applications, such as pollution monitoring, toxic-gas detection, noninvasive medical diagnostics and industrial process control, require sensitive and selectivedetection of gas traces with concentrations in the parts in 109 (ppb and sub-ppb range.The recent development of quantum-cascade lasers (QCLs has given a new aspect toinfrared laser-based trace gas sensors. In particular, single mode distributed feedback QCLsare attractive spectroscopic sources because of their excellent properties in terms of narrowlinewidth, average power and room temperature operation. In combination with these lasersources, photoacoustic spectroscopy offers the advantage of high sensitivity and selectivity,compact sensor platform, fast time-response and user friendly operation. This paper reportsrecent developments on quantum cascade laser-based photoacoustic spectroscopy for tracegas detection. In particular, different applications of a photoacoustic trace gas sensoremploying a longitudinal resonant cell with a detection limit on the order of hundred ppb ofozone and ammonia are discussed. We also report two QC laser-based photoacousticsensors for the detection of nitric oxide, for environmental pollution monitoring andmedical diagnostics, and hexamethyldisilazane, for applications in semiconductormanufacturing process.

  11. A hybrid plasmonic waveguide terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    We present the realization of a quantum cascade laser emitting at around 2.85 THz, based on a hybrid plasmonic waveguide with a low refractive index dielectric cladding. This hybrid waveguide design allows the performance of a double-metal waveguide to be retained, while improving the emission far-field. A set of lasers based on the same active region material were fabricated with different metal layer thicknesses. A detailed characterization of the performance of these lasers revealed that there is an optimal trade-off that yields the best far-field emission and the maximum temperature of operation. By exploiting the pure plasmonic mode of these waveguides, the standard operation conditions of a double-metal quantum cascade laser were retrieved, such that the maximum operating temperature of these devices is not affected by the process. These results pave the way to realizing a class of integrated devices working in the terahertz range which could be further exploited to fabricate terahertz on-chip circuitry

  12. Model for a pulsed terahertz quantum cascade laser under optical feedback.

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    Agnew, Gary; Grier, Andrew; Taimre, Thomas; Lim, Yah Leng; Bertling, Karl; Ikonić, Zoran; Valavanis, Alexander; Dean, Paul; Cooper, Jonathan; Khanna, Suraj P; Lachab, Mohammad; Linfield, Edmund H; Davies, A Giles; Harrison, Paul; Indjin, Dragan; Rakić, Aleksandar D

    2016-09-01

    Optical feedback effects in lasers may be useful or problematic, depending on the type of application. When semiconductor lasers are operated using pulsed-mode excitation, their behavior under optical feedback depends on the electronic and thermal characteristics of the laser, as well as the nature of the external cavity. Predicting the behavior of a laser under both optical feedback and pulsed operation therefore requires a detailed model that includes laser-specific thermal and electronic characteristics. In this paper we introduce such a model for an exemplar bound-to-continuum terahertz frequency quantum cascade laser (QCL), illustrating its use in a selection of pulsed operation scenarios. Our results demonstrate significant interplay between electro-optical, thermal, and feedback phenomena, and that this interplay is key to understanding QCL behavior in pulsed applications. Further, our results suggest that for many types of QCL in interferometric applications, thermal modulation via low duty cycle pulsed operation would be an alternative to commonly used adiabatic modulation. PMID:27607659

  13. Effects of Atomic Coherence and Injected Classical Field on Chaotic Dynamics of Non-degenerate Cascade Two-Photon Lasers

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    2007-01-01

    Based on the cascade two-photon laser dynamic equation derived with the technique of quantum Langevin operators with the considerations of coherently prepared three-level atoms and the classical field injected into the cavity, we numerically study the effects of atomic coherence and classical field on the chaotic dynamics of a two-photon laser. Lyapunov exponent and bifurcation diagram calculations show that the Lorenz chaos and hyperchaos can be induced or inhibited by the atomic coherence and the classical field via crisis or Hopf bifurcations.

  14. High power quantum cascade lasers operating at room temperature

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    In this paper, some key design and technology issues for development of high power quantum cascade lasers are discussed. The scaling of power output with the number of emitting stages is shown. As part of this work, high power, 75-stage, λ = 9 μm lasers have been demonstrated with a peak power of 7 W at room temperature. This power is a direct result of high quality material growth and a low loss waveguide design. Similar results are demonstrated at a shorter wavelength (λ = 6.1μm) utilizing a strain-balanced active region/injector design. For a 30-stage structure, 2 W peak power and 250 mW average power have been demonstrated at room temperature. Lastly, a timeline comparison of QCL laser performance is presented in terms of room temperature threshold current density and peak output power for various groups

  15. InAs based terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Brandstetter, Martin, E-mail: martin.brandstetter@tuwien.ac.at; Kainz, Martin A.; Krall, Michael; Schönhuber, Sebastian; Unterrainer, Karl [Photonics Institute and Center for Micro- and Nanostructures, Technische Universität Wien, Gusshausstrasse 27-29, 1040 Vienna (Austria); Zederbauer, Tobias; Schrenk, Werner; Andrews, Aaron Maxwell; Strasser, Gottfried [Institute for Solid State Electronics and Center for Micro- and Nanostructures, Technische Universität Wien, Floragasse 7, 1040 Vienna (Austria); Detz, Hermann [Austrian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna (Austria)

    2016-01-04

    We demonstrate terahertz lasing emission from a quantum cascade structure, realized with InAs/AlAs{sub 0.16}Sb{sub 0.84} heterostructures. Due to the lower effective electron mass, InAs based active regions are expected to provide a higher optical gain compared to structures consisting of GaAs or InGaAs. The growth by molecular beam epitaxy enabled the fabrication of monolayer-thick barriers, required for the active region, which is based on a 3-well resonant phonon depletion design. Devices were processed in a double-metal waveguide geometry to ensure high mode confinement and low optical losses. Lasing emission at 3.8 THz was observed at liquid helium temperatures by applying a magnetic field perpendicular to the layered structure in order to suppress parasitic scattering channels. These results demonstrate the feasibility of InAs based active regions for terahertz quantum cascade lasers, potentially enabling higher operating temperatures.

  16. InAs based terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Brandstetter, Martin; Kainz, Martin A.; Zederbauer, Tobias; Krall, Michael; Schönhuber, Sebastian; Detz, Hermann; Schrenk, Werner; Andrews, Aaron Maxwell; Strasser, Gottfried; Unterrainer, Karl

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate terahertz lasing emission from a quantum cascade structure, realized with InAs/AlAs0.16Sb0.84 heterostructures. Due to the lower effective electron mass, InAs based active regions are expected to provide a higher optical gain compared to structures consisting of GaAs or InGaAs. The growth by molecular beam epitaxy enabled the fabrication of monolayer-thick barriers, required for the active region, which is based on a 3-well resonant phonon depletion design. Devices were processed in a double-metal waveguide geometry to ensure high mode confinement and low optical losses. Lasing emission at 3.8 THz was observed at liquid helium temperatures by applying a magnetic field perpendicular to the layered structure in order to suppress parasitic scattering channels. These results demonstrate the feasibility of InAs based active regions for terahertz quantum cascade lasers, potentially enabling higher operating temperatures.

  17. Terahertz quantum cascade laser as local oscillator in a heterodyne receiver

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    Hübers, H. -W.; Pavlov, S.G.; Semenov, A. D.; Köhler, R.; Mahler, I; Tredicucci, A.; Beere, H.E.; Ritchie, D. A.; Linfield, E.H.

    2005-01-01

    Terahertz quantum cascade lasers have been investigated with respect to their performance as a local oscillator in a heterodyne receiver. The beam profile has been measured and transformed in to a close to Gaussian profile resulting in a good matching between the field patterns of the quantum cascade laser and the antenna of a superconducting hot electron bolometric mixer. Noise temperature measurements with the hot electron bolometer and a 2.5 THz quantum cascade laser yielded the same resul...

  18. Quantum cascade laser: Applications in chemical detection and environmental monitoring

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    Radovanović Jelena

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we consider the structural parameter optimization of the active region of a GaAs-based quantum cascade laser in order to maximize the optical gain of the laser at the characteristic wavelengths, which are best suited for detection of pollutant gasses, such as SO2, HNO3, CH4, and NH3, in the ambient air by means of direct absorption. The procedure relies on applying elaborate tools for global optimization, such as the genetic algorithm. One of the important goals is to extend the applicability of a single active region design to the detection of several compounds absorbing at close wave-lengths, and this is achieved by introducing a strong external magnetic field perpendicularly to the epitaxial layers. The field causes two-dimensional continuous energy subbands to split into the series of discrete Landau levels. Since the arrangement of Landau levels depends strongly on the magnitude of the magnetic field, this enables one to control the population inversion in the active region, and hence the optical gain. Furthermore, strong effects of band non-parabolicity result in subtle changes of the lasing wavelength at magnetic fields which maximize the gain, thus providing a path for fine-tuning of the output radiation properties and changing the target compound for detection. The numerical results are presented for quantum cascade laser structures designed to emit at specified wavelengths in the mid-infrared part of the spectrum.

  19. Quantum cascade laser: applications in chemical detection and environmental monitoring

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    In this paper we consider the structural parameter optimization of the active region of a GaAs-based quantum cascade laser in order to maximize the optical gain of the laser at the characteristic wavelengths, which are best suited for detection of pollutant gasses, such as SO2, HNO3, CH4, and NH3, in the ambient air by means of direct absorption. The procedure relies on applying elaborate tools for global optimization, such as the genetic algorithm. One of the important goals is to extend the applicability of a single active region design to the detection of several compounds absorbing at close wavelengths, and this is achieved by introducing a strong external magnetic field perpendicularly to the epitaxial layers. The field causes two-dimensional continuous energy subbands to split into the series of discrete Landau levels. Since the arrangement of Landau levels depends strongly on the magnitude of the magnetic field, this enables one to control the population inversion in the active region, and hence the optical gain. Furthermore, strong effects of band non-parabolicity result in subtle changes of the lasing wavelength at magnetic fields which maximize the gain, thus providing a path for fine-tuning of the output radiation properties and changing the target compound for detection. The numerical results are presented for quantum cascade laser structures designed to emit at specified wavelengths in the mid-infrared part of the spectrum. (author)

  20. Coherent quantum cascade laser micro-stripe arrays

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    G. M. de Naurois

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available We have fabricated InP-based coherent quantum cascade laser micro-stripe arrays. Phase-locking is provided by evanescent coupling between adjacent stripes. Stripes are buried into semi-insulating iron doped InP. Lasing at room temperature is obtained at 8.4μm for stripe arrays comprising up to 16 emitters. Pure supermode emission is demonstrated via farfield measurements and simulations. The farfield pattern shows a dual-lobe emission, corroborating the predicted phase-locked antisymmetric supermode emission.

  1. Photoacoustic spectroscopy with quantum cascade distributed-feedback lasers

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    Hofstetter, Daniel; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme; Nägele, Markus; Sigrist, Markus W

    2008-01-01

    We present photoacoustic (PA) spectroscopy measurements of carbon dioxide, methanol, and ammonia. The light source for the excitation was a single-mode quantum cascade distributed-feedback laser, which was operated in pulsed mode at moderate duty cycle and slightly below room temperature. Temperature tuning resulted in a typical wavelength range of 3 cm-1at a linewidth of 0.2 cm-1. The setup was based on a Herriott multipass arrangement around the PA cell; the cell was equipped with a radial ...

  2. High Power Quantum Cascade Laser for Terahertz Imaging

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    Ng, Mun Wai Raymond

    2012-01-01

    Video rate or real-time imaging in the terahertz (THz) frequency range has become possible in the last few years with the advent of compact and high power THz sources, such as quantum cascade (QC) lasers, and the THz-sensitive vanadium oxide based microbolometer focal plane arrays. A new higher power QCL had been acquired and was characterized using FTIR spectroscopic techniques as part of this thesis. Spectral analysis revealed the center radiation frequency to be about 3.78 THz, which was c...

  3. Terahertz heterodyne spectrometer using a quantum cascade laser

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    Ren, Y; Hovenier, J.N.; Higgins, R.; Gao, J.R.; Klapwijk, T. M.; Shi, S. C.; Bell, A; Klein, B; Williams, B. S.; Kumar, S.; Q. Hu; Reno, J. L.

    2010-01-01

    A terahertz (THz) heterodyne spectrometer is demonstrated based on a quantum cascade laser(QCL) as a local oscillator (LO) and an NbN hot electron bolometer as a mixer, and it is used to measure high-resolution molecular spectral lines of methanol (CH_3OH) between 2.913–2.918 THz. The spectral lines are taken from a gas cell containing methanol gas and using a single-mode QCL at 2.9156 THz as an LO, which is operated in the free running mode. By increasing the pressure of the gas, line broade...

  4. Coherent quantum cascade laser micro-stripe arrays

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    G. M. de Naurois; Carras, M.; B. Simozrag; O. Patard; Alexandre, F.; X. Marcadet

    2011-01-01

    We have fabricated InP-based coherent quantum cascade laser micro-stripe arrays. Phase-locking is provided by evanescent coupling between adjacent stripes. Stripes are buried into semi-insulating iron doped InP. Lasing at room temperature is obtained at 8.4μm for stripe arrays comprising up to 16 emitters. Pure supermode emission is demonstrated via farfield measurements and simulations. The farfield pattern shows a dual-lobe emission, corroborating the predicted phase-locked antisymmetric su...

  5. Laser absorption via quantum electrodynamics cascades in counter propagating laser pulses

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    Grismayer, T.; Vranic, M.; Martins, J. L.; Fonseca, R. A.; Silva, L. O.

    2016-05-01

    A model for laser light absorption in electron-positron plasmas self-consistently created via QED cascades is described. The laser energy is mainly absorbed due to hard photon emission via nonlinear Compton scattering. The degree of absorption depends on the laser intensity and the pulse duration. The QED cascades are studied with multi-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations complemented by a QED module and a macro-particle merging algorithm that allows to handle the exponential growth of the number of particles. Results range from moderate-intensity regimes ( ˜ 10 PW ) where the laser absorption is negligible to extreme intensities ( > 100 PW ) where the degree of absorption reaches 80%. Our study demonstrates good agreement between the analytical model and simulations. The expected properties of the hard photon emission and the generated pair-plasma are investigated, and the experimental signatures for near-future laser facilities are discussed.

  6. Giant and broadband circular asymmetric transmission based on two cascading polarization conversion cavities

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    Ji, Ruonan; Wang, Shao-Wei; Liu, Xingxing; Lu, Wei

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, a three-layered sandwiched metamaterial is proposed to achieve giant and broadband asymmetric transmission of circularly polarized waves at the near-infrared communication band. The metamaterial consists of two layers of identical 45° tilted chiral S-shaped metasurfaces sandwiched with a subwavelength metallic grating. Based on the delicate combination of broadband polarization conversion and a cavity-enhanced effect, the asymmetric parameter can reach a maximum value of 0.87 and over 0.6 in a wide range from 1.2 to 2.0 μm, which has not been found in previous reports. Furthermore, a perfect robustness to misalignments is obtained as the effect originated from function-independent cascading cavities, which effectively reduce the requirement of alignment precision in layer-by-layer photolithography processes. The proposed nanostructure has a great potential to be used as a circular polarization rotator or diode-like device in optical communication systems.In this paper, a three-layered sandwiched metamaterial is proposed to achieve giant and broadband asymmetric transmission of circularly polarized waves at the near-infrared communication band. The metamaterial consists of two layers of identical 45° tilted chiral S-shaped metasurfaces sandwiched with a subwavelength metallic grating. Based on the delicate combination of broadband polarization conversion and a cavity-enhanced effect, the asymmetric parameter can reach a maximum value of 0.87 and over 0.6 in a wide range from 1.2 to 2.0 μm, which has not been found in previous reports. Furthermore, a perfect robustness to misalignments is obtained as the effect originated from function-independent cascading cavities, which effectively reduce the requirement of alignment precision in layer-by-layer photolithography processes. The proposed nanostructure has a great potential to be used as a circular polarization rotator or diode-like device in optical communication systems. Electronic supplementary

  7. A Coupled Cavity Micro Fluidic Dye Ring Laser

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    Gersborg-Hansen, M.; Balslev, S.; Mortensen, N. A.; Kristensen, A.

    2004-01-01

    We present a laterally emitting, coupled cavity micro fluidic dye ring laser, suitable for integration into lab-on-a-chip micro systems. The micro-fluidic laser has been successfully designed, fabricated, characterized and modelled. The resonator is formed by a micro-fluidic channel bounded by two isosceles triangle mirrors. The micro-fluidic laser structure is defined using photo lithography in 10 microns thick SU-8 polymer on a glass substrate. The micro fluidic channel is sealed by a glass...

  8. Terahertz GaAs/AlAs quantum-cascade lasers

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    Schrottke, L.; Lü, X.; Rozas, G.; Biermann, K.; Grahn, H. T.

    2016-03-01

    We have realized GaAs/AlAs quantum-cascade lasers operating at 4.75 THz exhibiting more than three times higher wall plug efficiencies than GaAs/Al0.25Ga0.75As lasers with an almost identical design. At the same time, the threshold current density at 10 K is reduced from about 350 A/cm2 for the GaAs/Al0.25Ga0.75As laser to about 120 A/cm2 for the GaAs/AlAs laser. Substituting AlAs for Al0.25Ga0.75As barriers leads to a larger energy separation between the subbands reducing the probability for leakage currents through parasitic states and for reabsorption of the laser light. The higher barriers allow for a shift of the quasi-continuum of states to much higher energies. The use of a binary barrier material may also reduce detrimental effects due to the expected composition fluctuations in ternary alloys.

  9. Ultra-broadband terahertz heterogeneous quantum cascade lasers

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    Full text: We report an ultra-broadband heterogeneous quantum cascade laser emitting from 2.2 to 3.2 THz. The broad gain medium is obtained by placing different active-region designs into a common double metal waveguide that provides no cutoff and excellent figure of merit over a broad wavelength range. The active-region design is based on a four quantum well design which is then rescaled to obtain emissions with center-frequencies 2.1 THz, 2.4 THz and 2.6 THz. Lasers operate up to 125 K in pulsed mode. Studying the spectral emission as function of injected current we see progressive switching on of emission from the appropriate designs. Short devices provide broad-band emission also in continuous-wave operation. We also performed time-resolved measurements using a fast superconducting bolometer and 5ns wide gate. Strong gain-competition phenomena among the designs were observed. (author)

  10. Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser With Efficient Coupling and Beam Profile

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    Chattopadhyay, Goutam; Kawamura, Jonathan H.; Lin, Robert H.; Williams, Benjamin

    2012-01-01

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are unipolar semiconductor lasers, where the wavelength of emitted radiation is determined by the engineering of quantum states within the conduction band in coupled multiple-quantum-well heterostructures to have the desired energy separation. The recent development of terahertz QCLs has provided a new generation of solid-state sources for radiation in the terahertz frequency range. Terahertz QCLs have been demonstrated from 0.84 to 5.0 THz both in pulsed mode and continuous wave mode (CW mode). The approach employs a resonant-phonon depopulation concept. The metal-metal (MM) waveguide fabrication is performed using Cu-Cu thermo-compression bonding to bond the GaAs/AlGaAs epitaxial layer to a GaAs receptor wafer.

  11. Optimization of quantum cascade laser operation by geometric design of cascade active band in open and closed models

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    M.V. Tkach; Ju.O. Seti; I.V. Boyko; O.M. Voitsekhivska

    2013-01-01

    Using the effective mass and rectangular potential approximations, the theory of electron dynamic conductivity is developed for the plane multilayer resonance tunnel structure placed into a constant electric field within the model of open nanosystem, and oscillator forces of quantum transitions within the model of closed nanosystem. For the experimentally produced quantum cascade laser with four-barrier active band of separate cascade, it is proven that just the theory of dynamic conductivity...

  12. Optimization of quantum cascade laser operation by geometric design of cascade active band in open and closed models

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    M.V. Tkach

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Using the effective mass and rectangular potential approximations, the theory of electron dynamic conductivity is developed for the plane multilayer resonance tunnel structure placed into a constant electric field within the model of open nanosystem, and oscillator forces of quantum transitions within the model of closed nanosystem. For the experimentally produced quantum cascade laser with four-barrier active band of separate cascade, it is proven that just the theory of dynamic conductivity in the model of open cascade most adequately describes the radiation of high frequency electromagnetic field while the electrons transport through the resonance tunnel structure driven by a constant electric field.

  13. Photo-generated metamaterials induce modulation of CW terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

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    Mezzapesa, Francesco P; Columbo, Lorenzo L; Rizza, Carlo; Brambilla, Massimo; Ciattoni, Alessardro; Dabbicco, Maurizio; Vitiello, Miriam S; Scamarcio, Gaetano

    2015-01-01

    Periodic patterns of photo-excited carriers on a semiconductor surface profoundly modifies its effective permittivity, creating a stationary all-optical quasi-metallic metamaterial. Intriguingly, one can tailor its artificial birefringence to modulate with unprecedented degrees of freedom both the amplitude and phase of a quantum cascade laser (QCL) subject to optical feedback from such an anisotropic reflector. Here, we conceive and devise a reconfigurable photo-designed Terahertz (THz) modulator and exploit it in a proof-of-concept experiment to control the emission properties of THz QCLs. Photo-exciting sub-wavelength metastructures on silicon, we induce polarization-dependent changes in the intra-cavity THz field, that can be probed by monitoring the voltage across the QCL terminals. This inherently flexible approach promises groundbreaking impact on THz photonics applications, including THz phase modulators, fast switches, and active hyperbolic media. PMID:26549166

  14. Photo-generated metamaterials induce modulation of CW terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Mezzapesa, Francesco P.; Columbo, Lorenzo L.; Rizza, Carlo; Brambilla, Massimo; Ciattoni, Alessardro; Dabbicco, Maurizio; Vitiello, Miriam S.; Scamarcio, Gaetano

    2015-11-01

    Periodic patterns of photo-excited carriers on a semiconductor surface profoundly modifies its effective permittivity, creating a stationary all-optical quasi-metallic metamaterial. Intriguingly, one can tailor its artificial birefringence to modulate with unprecedented degrees of freedom both the amplitude and phase of a quantum cascade laser (QCL) subject to optical feedback from such an anisotropic reflector. Here, we conceive and devise a reconfigurable photo-designed Terahertz (THz) modulator and exploit it in a proof-of-concept experiment to control the emission properties of THz QCLs. Photo-exciting sub-wavelength metastructures on silicon, we induce polarization-dependent changes in the intra-cavity THz field, that can be probed by monitoring the voltage across the QCL terminals. This inherently flexible approach promises groundbreaking impact on THz photonics applications, including THz phase modulators, fast switches, and active hyperbolic media.

  15. Remote mid-infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy with a quantum cascade laser.

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    Berer, Thomas; Brandstetter, Markus; Hochreiner, Armin; Langer, Gregor; Märzinger, Wolfgang; Burgholzer, Peter; Lendl, Bernhard

    2015-08-01

    We demonstrate non-contact remote photoacoustic spectroscopy in the mid-infrared region. A room-temperature-operated pulsed external-cavity quantum cascade laser is used to excite photoacoustic waves within a semitransparent sample. The ultrasonic waves are detected remotely on the opposite side of the sample using a fiber-optic Mach-Zehnder interferometer, thereby avoiding problems associated with acoustic attenuation in air. We present the theoretical background of the proposed technique and demonstrate measurements on a thin polystyrene film. The obtained absorption spectrum in the region of 1030-1230  cm(-1) is compared to a spectrum obtained by attenuated total reflection, showing reasonable agreement. PMID:26258336

  16. Nanoscale displacement sensing based on nonlinear frequency mixing in quantum cascade lasers

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    Mezzapesa, F P; De Risi, G; Brambilla, M; Dabbicco, M; Spagnolo, V; Scamarcio, G

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a sensor scheme for nanoscale target displacement that relies on a single Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) subject to optical feedback. The system combines the inherent sensitivity of QCLs to optical re-injection and their ultra-stability in the strong feedback regime where nonlinear frequency mixing phenomena are enhanced. An experimental proof of principle in the micrometer wavelength scale is provided. We perform real-time measurements of displacement with {\\lambda}/100 resolution by inserting a fast-shifting reference etalon in the external cavity. The resulting signal dynamics at the QCL terminals shows a stroboscopic-like effect that relates the sensor resolution with the reference etalon speed. Intrinsic limits to the measurement algorithm and to the reference speed are discussed, disclosing that nanoscale ranges are attainable.

  17. The multi-cavity free-electron laser

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    Consideration is made of a free-electron laser with many optical cavities where the cavities communicate with each other, not optically, but through the electron beam. Analysis is made in Ole one-dimensional approximation. A general expression is given for the growth rate in the exponential (high current) regime. In the regime where lethargy is important expressions are given in the two opposite limits of small and large numbers of cavities and bunches. Numerical simulation results, still in the one-dimensional approximation, but including non-linearities, are presented. The multi-cavity free-electron laser (MC/FEL) can be employed to avoid the slippage phenomena, and thus to make picosecond pulses of infra-red radiation. Three examples of this application are presented

  18. Single Mode Photonic Crystal Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers

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    Kent D. Choquette

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We review the design, fabrication, and performance of photonic crystal vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs. Using a periodic pattern of etched holes in the top facet of the VCSEL, the optical cavity can be designed to support the fundamental mode only. The electrical confinement is independently defined by proton implantation or oxide confinement. By control of the refractive index and loss created by the photonic crystal, operation in the Gaussian mode can be insured, independent of the lasing wavelength.

  19. Theory of Current Noise and Photon Noise in Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Rana, Farhan; Rajeev J. Ram

    2001-01-01

    A comprehensive model for the photon number fluctuations and the current noise in quantum cascade lasers is presented. It is shown that the photon intensity noise in quantum cascade lasers exhibits little amplitude squeezing even when noise in the drive current is suppressed below the shot noise value. This is in contrast to interband semiconductor diode lasers in which the laser intensity noise can be squeezed well below the shot noise limit by high impedance suppression of fluctuations in t...

  20. Highly sensitive temperature sensor based on cascaded polymer-microbubble cavities by employing a subtraction between reciprocal thermal responses.

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    Cao, Kunjian; Liu, Yi; Qu, Shiliang

    2016-09-01

    A miniature, robust, and highly sensitive optical fiber temperature sensor based on cascaded polymer-microbubble cavities was fabricated by polymer-filling and subsequent heat-curing process. The expansion of polymer cavity results in the compression of microbubble cavity when the sensor is heated. We demodulated the interference spectrum by means of the fast-Fourier transform (FFT) and signal filtering. Since the thermal response of the polymer cavity is positive and that of the microbubble cavity is negative, a high sensitivity of the temperature sensor is achieved by a subtraction between the two reciprocal thermal responses. Experimental results show that the sensitivity of the temperature sensor is as high as 5.013 nm/°C in the measurement range between 20 °C and 55 °C. Meanwhile, such a sensor has potential for mass production, owing to the simple, nontoxic, and cost-effective process of fabrication. PMID:27607669

  1. Photoreflectance spectroscopy study of vertical cavity surface emitting laser structures

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    This paper summarises the application of the laser-based electro-absorptive technique of photoreflectance (PR) for the study of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). PR results are shown to reveal the technologically important cavity mode and ground state quantum well exciton structures. AlGaAs/GaAs based quantum well VCSELs were examined with and without top mirror layers as a function of laser pump excitation conditions, with results compared with angle-dependent PR data. Cavity mode and quantum well alignments were also studied with reference to the un-modulated reflectance signal as well as correlated with photoluminescence data. The results demonstrate the importance of PR metrology for state-of-art VCSEL characterisation

  2. Design Concepts of Terahertz Quantum Cascade lasers: Proposal for Terahertz Laser Efficiency Improvements

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    Kubis, Tillmann; Mehrotra, Saumitra Raj; Klimeck, Gerhard

    2010-01-01

    Conceptual disadvantages of typical resonant phonon terahertz quantum cascade lasers THz-QCLs are analyzed. Alternative designs and their combination within a concrete device proposal are discussed to improve the QCL performance. The improvements are 1 indirect pumping of the upper laser level, 2 diagonal optical transitions, 3 complete electron thermalization, and 4 materials with low effective electron masses. The nonequilibrium Green’s function method is applied to predict statio...

  3. Harmonic, Intermodulation and Cross-Modulation Distortion in Directly Modulated Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Webb, J. F.; Yong, K. S. C.; Haldar, M. K.

    2016-05-01

    Using a simplified rate equation model, expressions for harmonic, intermodulation and cross-modulation distortion for a directly modulated quantum cascade laser can be derived. This paper shows how such derivations can be done and discusses some implications for quantum cascade lasers. It is important to understand such distortion, especially for applcations in communication systems.

  4. Numerical investigation of the interaction between upstream cavity purge flow and main flow in low aspect ratio turbine cascade

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    Jia Wei; Liu Huoxing

    2013-01-01

    In modem gas turbines,rim seal located between the stator-disc and rotor-disc is used to prevent hot-gas ingestion into the inner stage-gap of high pressure turbine.However,the purge flow supplied to the cavity through the rim seal interacts with the main flow,producing additional aerodynamic loss due to the mixing process which plays a significant role in the formation,development and evolution of downstream secondary flow.In this paper,a set of cascade representative of low aspect ratio turbine is selected to numerically investigate the influence of upstream cavity purge flow on the hub secondary flow structure and aerodynamic loss.Cascade with/without upstream cavity and four different purge mass flow rates are all taken into account in this simulation.Then,a deep insight into the loss mechanism of interaction between purge flow and main flow is gained.The results show that the presence of cavity and purge flow has a significant impact on the main flow which not only changes the vortex structure in both the passage and upstream cavity,but also alters the cascade exit flow angle distribution along the spanwise.Moreover,aerodynamic loss in the cascade rises with the increase of purge flow rate while the sealing effect is also enhanced.Therefore,the effect of upstream cavity purge flow must be considered in the process of turbine aerodynamic design.What is more,it is necessary to minimize the purge flow rate in order to reduce aerodynamic loss on the premise of satisfying cooling requirements.

  5. Detection Of Multilayer Cavities By Employing RC-DTH Air Hammer System And Cavity Auto Scanning Laser System

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    Luo, Yongjiang; Li, Lijia; Peng, Jianming; Yin, Kun; Li, Peng; Gan, Xin; Zhao, Letao; Su, Wei

    2015-12-01

    The subterranean cavities are seriously threatened to construction and mining safety, and it's important to obtain the exact localization and dimensions of subterranean cavities for the planning of geotechnical and mining activities. Geophysical investigation is an alternative method for cavity detection, but it usually failed for the uncertainly solution of information and data obtained by Geophysical methods. Drilling is considered as the most accurate method for cavity detection. However, the conventional drilling methods can only be used for single cavity detection, and there is no effective solution for multilayer cavities detection have been reported. In this paper, a reverse circulation (RC) down-the-hole (DTH) air hammer system with a special structured drill bit is built and a cavity auto scanning laser system based on laser range finding technique was employed to confirm the localization and dimensions of the cavities. This RC-DTH air hammer system allows drilling through the upper cavities and putting the cavity auto scanning laser system into the cavity area through the central passage of the drill tools to protect the detection system from collapsing of borehole wall. The RC-DTH air hammer system was built, and field tests were conducted in Lanxian County Iron Ore District, which is located in Lv Liang city of Shan Xi province, the northwest of china. Field tests show that employing the RC-DTH air hammer system assisted by the cavity auto scanning laser system is an efficiency method to detect multilayer cavities.

  6. Cavity solitons in broad-area vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers below threshold

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    Cavity solitons are stationary self-organized bright intensity peaks which form over a homogeneous background in the section of broad area radiation beams. They are generated by shining a writing/erasing laser pulse into a nonlinear optical cavity, driven by a holding beam. The ability to control their location and their motion by introducing phase or amplitude gradients in the holding beam makes them interesting as mobile pixels for all-optical processing units. We show the generation of a number of cavity solitons in broad-area vertical cavity semiconductor microresonators electrically pumped above transparency but slightly below threshold. We analyze the switching process in details. The observed spots can be written, erased, and manipulated as independent objects, as predicted by the theoretical model. An especially tailored one is used to simulate the studied phenomena and to compare our simulations to the experimental findings with good agreement

  7. A hot cavity laser ion source at IGISOL

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    Reponen, M.; Kessler, T.; Moore, I. D.; Rothe, S.; Äystö, J.

    2009-12-01

    A development program is underway at the IGISOL (Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line) facility, University of Jyväskylä, to efficiently and selectively produce low-energy radioactive ion beams of silver isotopes and isomers, with a particular interest in N = Z 94Ag . A hot cavity ion source has been installed, based on the FEBIAD (Forced Electron Beam Induced Arc Discharge) technique, combined with a titanium:sapphire laser system for selective laser ionization. The silver recoils produced via the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation reaction, 40Ca(58Ni, p3n)94Ag , are stopped in a graphite catcher, diffused, extracted and subsequently ionized using a three-step laser ionization scheme. The performance of the different components of the hot cavity laser ion source is discussed and initial results using stable 107, 109Ag are presented.

  8. A hot cavity laser ion source at IGISOL

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    Reponen, M.; Kessler, T.; Moore, I.D.; Aeystoe, J. [University of Jyvaeskylae, Department of Physics, PO Box 35 (YFL), Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Rothe, S. [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, AG Larissa/Quantum, Institut fuer Physik, Mainz (Germany)

    2009-12-15

    A development program is underway at the IGISOL (Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line) facility, University of Jyvaeskylae, to efficiently and selectively produce low-energy radioactive ion beams of silver isotopes and isomers, with a particular interest in N=Z {sup 94}Ag. A hot cavity ion source has been installed, based on the FEBIAD (Forced Electron Beam Induced Arc Discharge) technique, combined with a titanium:sapphire laser system for selective laser ionization. The silver recoils produced via the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation reaction, {sup 40}Ca({sup 58}Ni, p3n){sup 94}Ag, are stopped in a graphite catcher, diffused, extracted and subsequently ionized using a three-step laser ionization scheme. The performance of the different components of the hot cavity laser ion source is discussed and initial results using stable {sup 107,} {sup 109}Ag are presented. (orig.)

  9. A Hot Cavity Laser Ion Source at IGISOL

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    Reponen, M; Moore, I D; Rothe, S; Äystö, J

    2008-01-01

    A development program is underway at the IGISOL (Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line) facility, University of Jyvaskyla, to efficiently and selectively produce low-energy radioactive ion beams of silver isotopes and isomers, with a particular interest in N=Z 94Ag. A hot cavity ion source has been installed, based on the FEBIAD (Forced Electron Beam Induced Arc Discharge) technique, combined with a titanium:sapphire laser system for selective laser ionization. The silver recoils produced via the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation reaction, 40Ca(58Ni, p3n)94Ag, are stopped in a graphite catcher, diffused, extracted and subsequently ionized using a three-step laser ionization scheme. The performance of the different components of the hot cavity laser ion source is discussed and initial results using stable 107,109Ag are presented.

  10. High power-efficiency terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Li, Yuan-Yuan; Liu, Jun-Qi; Liu, Feng-Qi; Zhang, Jin-Chuan; Zhai, Shen-Qiang; Zhuo, Ning; Wang, Li-Jun; Liu, Shu-Man; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate continuous-wave (CW) high power-efficiency terahertz quantum cascade laser based on semi-insulating surface-plasmon waveguide with epitaxial-side down (Epi-down) mounting process. The performance of the device is analyzed in detail. The laser emits at a frequency of ∼ 3.27 THz and has a maximum CW operating temperature of ∼ 70 K. The peak output powers are 177 mW in pulsed mode and 149 mW in CW mode at 10 K for 130-μm-wide Epi-down mounted lasers. The record wall-plug efficiencies in direct measurement are 2.26% and 2.05% in pulsed and CW mode, respectively. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2014CB339803 and 2013CB632801), the Special-funded Program on National Key Scientific Instruments and Equipment Development, China (Grant No. 2011YQ13001802-04), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61376051).

  11. A Hot Cavity Laser Ion Source at IGISOL

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    Reponen, M.; Kessler, T.; Moore, I D; Rothe, S.; Äystö, J.

    2008-01-01

    A development program is underway at the IGISOL (Ion Guide Isotope Separator On-Line) facility, University of Jyvaskyla, to efficiently and selectively produce low-energy radioactive ion beams of silver isotopes and isomers, with a particular interest in N=Z 94Ag. A hot cavity ion source has been installed, based on the FEBIAD (Forced Electron Beam Induced Arc Discharge) technique, combined with a titanium:sapphire laser system for selective laser ionization. The silver recoils produced via t...

  12. Dispersion engineering of Quantum Cascade Lasers frequency combs

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    Villares, Gustavo; Wolf, Johanna; Kazakov, Dmitry; Süess, Martin J; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    Quantum cascade lasers are compact sources capable of generating frequency combs. Yet key characteristics - such as optical bandwidth and power-per-mode distribution - have to be improved for better addressing spectroscopy applications. Group delay dispersion plays an important role in the comb formation. In this work, we demonstrate that a dispersion compensation scheme based on a Gires-Tournois Interferometer integrated into the QCL-comb dramatically improves the comb operation regime, preventing the formation of high-phase noise regimes previously observed. The continuous-wave output power of these combs is typically $>$ 100 mW with optical spectra centered at 1330 cm$^{-1}$ (7.52 $\\mu$m) with $\\sim$ 70 cm$^{-1}$ of optical bandwidth. Our findings demonstrate that QCL-combs are ideal sources for chip-based frequency comb spectroscopy systems.

  13. Free-space communication based on quantum cascade laser

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    Chuanwei, Liu; Shenqiang, Zhai; Jinchuan, Zhang; Yuhong, Zhou; Zhiwei, Jia; Fengqi, Liu; Zhanguo, Wang

    2015-09-01

    A free-space communication based on a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser (QCL) is presented. A room-temperature continuous-wave distributed-feedback (DFB) QCL combined with a mid-infrared detector comprise the basic unit of the communication system. Sinusoidal signals at a highest frequency of 40 MHz and modulated video signals with a carrier frequency of 30 MHz were successfully transmitted with this experimental setup. Our research has provided a proof-of-concept demonstration of space optical communication application with QCL. The highest operation frequency of our setup was determined by the circuit-limited modulation bandwidth. A high performance communication system can be obtained with improved modulation circuit system. Project supported by the State Key Development Program for Basic Research of China (Nos. 2013CB632801, 2013CB632803) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61435014, 61306058, 61274094).

  14. Nonequilibrium phonon effects in midinfrared quantum cascade lasers

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    Shi, Y. B., E-mail: yshi9@wisc.edu; Knezevic, I., E-mail: knezevic@engr.wisc.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1691 (United States)

    2014-09-28

    We investigate the effects of nonequilibrium phonon dynamics on the operation of a GaAs-based midinfrared quantum cascade laser over a range of temperatures (77–300 K) via a coupled ensemble Monte Carlo simulation of electron and optical-phonon systems. Nonequilibrium phonon effects are shown to be important below 200 K. At low temperatures, nonequilibrium phonons enhance injection selectivity and efficiency by drastically increasing the rate of interstage electron scattering from the lowest injector state to the next-stage upper lasing level via optical-phonon absorption. As a result, the current density and modal gain at a given field are higher and the threshold current density lower and considerably closer to experiment than results obtained with thermal phonons. By amplifying phonon absorption, nonequilibrium phonons also hinder electron energy relaxation and lead to elevated electronic temperatures.

  15. Coupled ridge waveguide distributed feedback quantum cascade laser arrays

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    A coupled ridge waveguide quantum cascade laser (QCL) array consisting of fifteen elements with parallel integration was presented. In-phase fundamental mode operation in each element is secured by both the index-guided nature of the ridge and delicate loss management by properly designed geometries of the ridges and interspaces. Single-lobe lateral far-field with a nearly diffraction limited beam pattern was obtained. By incorporating a one-dimensional buried distributed feedback grating, the in-phase-operating coupled ridge waveguide QCL design provides an efficient solution to obtaining high output power and stable single longitudinal mode emission. The simplicity of this structure and fabrication process makes this approach attractive to many practical applications

  16. Coupled ridge waveguide distributed feedback quantum cascade laser arrays

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    Liu, Ying-Hui; Zhang, Jin-Chuan, E-mail: zhangjinchuan@semi.ac.cn; Yan, Fang-Liang; Liu, Feng-Qi, E-mail: fqliu@semi.ac.cn; Zhuo, Ning; Wang, Li-Jun; Liu, Jun-Qi; Wang, Zhan-Guo [Key Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials Science, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Semiconductor Materials and Devices, P.O. Box 912, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2015-04-06

    A coupled ridge waveguide quantum cascade laser (QCL) array consisting of fifteen elements with parallel integration was presented. In-phase fundamental mode operation in each element is secured by both the index-guided nature of the ridge and delicate loss management by properly designed geometries of the ridges and interspaces. Single-lobe lateral far-field with a nearly diffraction limited beam pattern was obtained. By incorporating a one-dimensional buried distributed feedback grating, the in-phase-operating coupled ridge waveguide QCL design provides an efficient solution to obtaining high output power and stable single longitudinal mode emission. The simplicity of this structure and fabrication process makes this approach attractive to many practical applications.

  17. Integration of quantum cascade lasers and passive waveguides

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    Montoya, Juan; Wang, Christine; Goyal, Anish; Creedon, Kevin; Connors, Michael; Daulton, Jeffrey; Donnelly, Joseph; Missaggia, Leo; Aleshire, Chris; Sanchez-Rubio, Antonio; Herzog, William

    2015-07-01

    We report on monolithic integration of active quantum cascade laser (QCL) materials with passive waveguides formed by using proton implantation. Proton implantation reduces the electron concentration in the QCL layers by creating deep levels that trap carriers. This strongly reduces the intersubband absorption and the free-carrier absorption in the gain region and surrounding layers, thus significantly reducing optical loss. We have measured loss as low as α = 0.33 cm-1 in λ = 9.6 μm wavelength proton-implanted QCL material. We have also demonstrated lasing in active-passive integrated waveguides. This simple integration technique is anticipated to enable low-cost fabrication in infrared photonic integrated circuits in the mid-infrared (λ ˜ 3-16 μm).

  18. Integration of quantum cascade lasers and passive waveguides

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    We report on monolithic integration of active quantum cascade laser (QCL) materials with passive waveguides formed by using proton implantation. Proton implantation reduces the electron concentration in the QCL layers by creating deep levels that trap carriers. This strongly reduces the intersubband absorption and the free-carrier absorption in the gain region and surrounding layers, thus significantly reducing optical loss. We have measured loss as low as α = 0.33 cm−1 in λ = 9.6 μm wavelength proton-implanted QCL material. We have also demonstrated lasing in active-passive integrated waveguides. This simple integration technique is anticipated to enable low-cost fabrication in infrared photonic integrated circuits in the mid-infrared (λ ∼ 3–16 μm)

  19. Integration of quantum cascade lasers and passive waveguides

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    Montoya, Juan, E-mail: juan.montoya@ll.mit.edu; Wang, Christine; Goyal, Anish; Creedon, Kevin; Connors, Michael; Daulton, Jeffrey; Donnelly, Joseph; Missaggia, Leo; Aleshire, Chris; Sanchez-Rubio, Antonio; Herzog, William [MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 244 Wood St, Lexington, Massachusetts 02420 (United States)

    2015-07-20

    We report on monolithic integration of active quantum cascade laser (QCL) materials with passive waveguides formed by using proton implantation. Proton implantation reduces the electron concentration in the QCL layers by creating deep levels that trap carriers. This strongly reduces the intersubband absorption and the free-carrier absorption in the gain region and surrounding layers, thus significantly reducing optical loss. We have measured loss as low as α = 0.33 cm{sup −1} in λ = 9.6 μm wavelength proton-implanted QCL material. We have also demonstrated lasing in active-passive integrated waveguides. This simple integration technique is anticipated to enable low-cost fabrication in infrared photonic integrated circuits in the mid-infrared (λ ∼ 3–16 μm)

  20. Nonlinear response of quantum cascade structures

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    Winge, David; Lindskog, Martin; Wacker, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    The gain spectrum of a terahertz quantum cascade laser is analyzed by a nonequilibrium Green's functions approach. Higher harmonics of the response function were retrievable, providing a way to approach nonlinear phenomena in quantum cascade lasers theoretically. Gain is simulated under operation conditions and results are presented both for linear response and strong laser fields. An iterative way of reconstructing the field strength inside the laser cavity at lasing conditions is descri...

  1. Extended cavity semiconductor lasers in fundamental metrology

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    Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej; Jedlička, Petr; Růžička, Bohdan

    Novosibirsk: SPIE, 2002, s. 132 - 138. ISBN 0-8194-4686-6. ISSN 0277-786X. [International symposium on laser metrology applied to science, industry, and everyday life. Novosibirsk (RU), 09.09.2002-13.09.2002] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA101/01/1104; GA AV ČR IBS2065009; GA AV ČR IAB2065001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2065902 Keywords : semiconductor lasers * frequency stabilization * absorption spectroscopy Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  2. Chirped laser dispersion spectroscopy using a directly modulated quantum cascade laser

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    Hangauer, Andreas, E-mail: hangauer@princeton.edu; Nikodem, Michal; Wysocki, Gerard, E-mail: gwysocki@princeton.edu [Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Spinner, Georg [Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2013-11-04

    Chirped laser dispersion spectroscopy (CLaDS) utilizing direct modulation of a quantum cascade laser (QCL) is presented. By controlling the laser bias nearly single- and dual-sideband CLaDS operation can be realized in an extremely simplified optical setup with no external optical modulators. Capability of direct single-sideband modulation is a unique feature of QCLs that exhibit a low linewidth enhancement factor. The developed analytical model shows excellent agreement with the experimental, directly modulated CLaDS spectra. This method overcomes major technical limitations of mid-infrared CLaDS systems by allowing significantly higher modulation frequencies and eliminating optical fringes introduced by external modulators.

  3. Chirped laser dispersion spectroscopy using a directly modulated quantum cascade laser

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    Chirped laser dispersion spectroscopy (CLaDS) utilizing direct modulation of a quantum cascade laser (QCL) is presented. By controlling the laser bias nearly single- and dual-sideband CLaDS operation can be realized in an extremely simplified optical setup with no external optical modulators. Capability of direct single-sideband modulation is a unique feature of QCLs that exhibit a low linewidth enhancement factor. The developed analytical model shows excellent agreement with the experimental, directly modulated CLaDS spectra. This method overcomes major technical limitations of mid-infrared CLaDS systems by allowing significantly higher modulation frequencies and eliminating optical fringes introduced by external modulators

  4. Electrical laser frequency tuning by three terminal terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Ohtani, K., E-mail: otanik@phys.ethz.ch; Beck, M.; Faist, J., E-mail: jerome.faist@phys.ethz.ch [Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli Str. 16, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2014-01-06

    Electrical laser emission frequency tuning of a three terminal THz quantum cascade laser is demonstrated. A high electron mobility transistor structure is used in a surface plasmon waveguide to modulate the electron density in a channel, controlling the effective refractive index of the waveguide. The threshold current density was modulated by 28% via applying voltage from −3 to 2 V. The observed laser emission frequency shift by electric field was 2 GHz. By using the three terminal devices, pure frequency modulation of the output light is, in principle, achievable.

  5. Electrical laser frequency tuning by three terminal terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Electrical laser emission frequency tuning of a three terminal THz quantum cascade laser is demonstrated. A high electron mobility transistor structure is used in a surface plasmon waveguide to modulate the electron density in a channel, controlling the effective refractive index of the waveguide. The threshold current density was modulated by 28% via applying voltage from −3 to 2 V. The observed laser emission frequency shift by electric field was 2 GHz. By using the three terminal devices, pure frequency modulation of the output light is, in principle, achievable

  6. Pulse properties of external cavity mode locked semiconductor lasers

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    Mulet, Josep; Kroh, Marcel; Mørk, Jesper

    2006-01-01

    The performance of an external-cavity mode-locked semiconductor laser is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The optimization analysis focuses on the regimes of stable mode locking and the generation of sub-picosecond optical pulses. We demonstrate stable output pulses down to one...

  7. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers for medical diagnosis

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    Ansbæk, Thor

    This thesis deals with the design and fabrication of tunable Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs). The focus has been the application of tunable VCSELs in medical diagnostics, specifically OCT. VCSELs are candidates as light sources for swept-source OCT where their high sweep rate, wide...

  8. Quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy as a plasma diagnostic tool: an overview

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    Jürgen Röpcke; Norbert Lang; Marko Hübner; Frank Hempel; Stefan Welzel; Davies, Paul B.

    2010-01-01

    The recent availability of thermoelectrically cooled pulsed and continuous wave quantum and inter-band cascade lasers in the mid-infrared spectral region has led to significant improvements and new developments in chemical sensing techniques using in-situ laser absorption spectroscopy for plasma diagnostic purposes. The aim of this article is therefore two-fold: (i) to summarize the challenges which arise in the application of quantum cascade lasers in such environments, and, (ii) to provide ...

  9. High-power, surface-emitting quantum cascade laser operating in a symmetric grating mode

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    Boyle, C.; Sigler, C.; Kirch, J. D.; Lindberg, D. F.; Earles, T.; Botez, D.; Mawst, L. J.

    2016-03-01

    Grating-coupled surface-emitting (GCSE) lasers generally operate with a double-lobed far-field beam pattern along the cavity-length direction, which is a result of lasing being favored in the antisymmetric grating mode. We experimentally demonstrate a GCSE quantum-cascade laser design allowing high-power, nearly single-lobed surface emission parallel to the longitudinal cavity. A 2nd-order Au-semiconductor distributed-feedback (DFB)/distributed-Bragg-reflector (DBR) grating is used for feedback and out-coupling. The DFB and DBR grating regions are 2.55 mm- and 1.28 mm-long, respectively, for a total grating length of 5.1 mm. The lasers are designed to operate in a symmetric (longitudinal) grating mode by causing resonant coupling of the guided optical mode to the antisymmetric surface-plasmon modes of the 2nd-order metal/semiconductor grating. Then, the antisymmetric modes are strongly absorbed by the metal in the grating, causing the symmetric mode to be favored to lase, which, in turn, produces a single-lobed beam over a range of grating duty-cycle values of 36%-41%. Simulations indicate that the symmetric mode is always favored to lase, independent of the random phase of reflections from the device's cleaved ends. Peak pulsed output powers of ˜0.4 W were measured with nearly single-lobe beam-pattern (in the longitudinal direction), single-spatial-mode operation near 4.75 μm wavelength. Far-field measurements confirm a diffraction-limited beam pattern, in agreement with simulations, for a source-to-detector separation of 2 m.

  10. Regrowth-free single-mode quantum cascade lasers with power consumption below 1 W

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    We report on single-mode distributed-feedback quantum cascade lasers emitting at 4.8 μm with continuous-wave threshold power consumption as low as 0.76 W at 20 °C and 0.98 W at 50 °C. Following growth of the laser active region and semiconductor cladding layers by a single molecular beam epitaxy process, devices with 4-μm-wide ridges and vertical sidewall gratings were fabricated using plasma etching and standard dielectric and metal deposition processes. In terms of mode stability, output power, and efficiency, we show that lasers with 1-mm cavity length and high-reflectivity back-facet coatings can match the performance of buried heterostructure devices, but with the advantage of requiring only a single epitaxial growth step.

  11. A birefringent cavity He-Ne laser and optical feedback

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    Liu Gang; Zhang Shu-Lian; Li Yan; Zhu Jun

    2004-01-01

    Strong modes competition makes only one of o-light and e-light oscillate in a birefringent dual-frequency laser when the angle between the crystalline axis and the laser beam is nearly zero. When the oscillated mode is in a different part of the gain curve, the detected intensity curves of o-light and e-light are quite different in the existence of optical feedback. The curves are divided into five cases. Three cases of the experimental results can be used for direction discrimination. The polarization characteristics of the birefringent cavity He-Ne laser are also discussed without optical feedback.

  12. Polarization squeezing in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Golubev, Y M; Kolobov, M I; Giacobino, E

    2004-01-01

    We further elaborate the theory of quantum fluctuations in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), developed in Ref. \\cite{Hermier02}. In particular, we introduce the quantum Stokes parameters to describe the quantum self- and cross-correlations between two polarization components of the electromagnetic field generated by this type of lasers. We calculate analytically the fluctuation spectra of these parameters and discuss experiments in which they can be measured. We demonstrate that in certain situations VCSELs can exhibit polarization squeezing over some range of spectral frequencies. This polarization squeezing has its origin in sub-Poissonian pumping statistics of the active laser medium.

  13. Tunable multi-wavelength thulium-doped fiber laser incorporating two-stage cascaded Sagnac loop comb filter

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    Zhu, Lianqing; He, Wei; Dong, Mingli; Lou, Xiaoping; Luo, Fei

    2016-08-01

    A tunable multi-wavelength narrow-linewidth thulium-doped fiber laser employing two-stage cascaded Sagnac loop mirrors is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The designed fiber laser is composed of a pump source, wavelength division multiplex, circulator, thulium-doped fiber, polarization controllers (PCs), couplers and polarization-maintaining fibers (PMFs). Two cascaded Sagnac loops are used as the cavity reflector and filter, and the proposed filter is fabricated using two sections of PMFs with 2-m and 1-m lengths, respectively. In the experiment, the laser threshold is 110 mW, and laser can emit single, double, triple, quadruple and quintuple wavelengths in the spectral range of 1873-1901 nm through the simultaneous adjustment of the two PCs. The power fluctuations and 3-dB linewidth are less than 2.1 dB and 0.2 nm, respectively, over 10 min at room temperature, and the side-mode suppression ratio is greater than 20 dB. The proposed laser will be useful in various fields, such as spectral analysis, fiber sensing and optical communication.

  14. Mid-infrared absorption spectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers

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    Haibach, Fred; Erlich, Adam; Deutsch, Erik

    2011-06-01

    Block Engineering has developed an absorption spectroscopy system based on widely tunable Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL). The QCL spectrometer rapidly cycles through a user-selected range in the mid-infrared spectrum, between 6 to 12 μm (1667 to 833 cm-1), to detect and identify substances on surfaces based on their absorption characteristics from a standoff distance of up to 2 feet with an eye-safe laser. It can also analyze vapors and liquids in a single device. For military applications, the QCL spectrometer has demonstrated trace explosive, chemical warfare agent (CWA), and toxic industrial chemical (TIC) detection and analysis. The QCL's higher power density enables measurements from diffuse and highly absorbing materials and substrates. Other advantages over Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy include portability, ruggedness, rapid analysis, and the ability to function from a distance through free space or a fiber optic probe. This paper will discuss the basic technology behind the system and the empirical data on various safety and security applications.

  15. Fast automotive diesel exhaust measurement using quantum cascade lasers

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    Herbst, J.; Brunner, R.; Lambrecht, A.

    2013-12-01

    Step by step, US and European legislations enforce the further reduction of atmospheric pollution caused by automotive exhaust emissions. This is pushing automotive development worldwide. Fuel efficient diesel engines with SCRtechnology can impede NO2-emission by reduction with NH3 down to the ppm range. To meet the very low emission limits of the Euro6 resp. US NLEV (National Low Emission Vehicle) regulations, automotive manufacturers have to optimize continuously all phases of engine operation and corresponding catalytic converters. Especially nonstationary operation holds a high potential for optimizing gasoline consumption and further reducing of pollutant emissions. Test equipment has to cope with demanding sensitivity and speed requirements. In the past Fraunhofer IPM has developed a fast emission analyzer called DEGAS (Dynamic Exhaust Gas Analyzer System), based on cryogenically cooled lead salt lasers. These systems have been used at Volkswagen AG`s test benches for a decade. Recently, IPM has developed DEGAS-Next which is based on cw quantum cascade lasers and thermoelectrically cooled detectors. The system is capable to measure three gas components (i.e. NO, NO2, NH3) in two channels with a time resolution of 20 ms and 1 ppm detection limits. We shall present test data and a comparison with fast FTIR measurements.

  16. Modeling of Coupled Nano-Cavity Lasers

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    Skovgård, Troels Suhr

    Modeling of nanocavity light emitting semiconductor devices is done using the semiconductor laser rate equations with spontaneous and stimulated emission terms modified for Purcell enhanced recombination. The modified terms include details about the optical and electronic density-of-states and it...

  17. Fano-resonance boosted cascaded field enhancement in a plasmonic nanoparticle-in-cavity nanoantenna array and its SERS application

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    Zhu, Zhendong; Bai, Benfeng; You, Oubo; Li, Qunqing; Fan, Shoushan

    2015-01-01

    Cascaded optical field enhancement (CFE) can be realized in some specially designed multiscale plasmonic nanostructures, where the generation of extremely strong field at nanoscale volume is crucial for many applications, for example, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Here, we propose a strategy of realizing a high-quality plasmonic nanoparticle-in-cavity (PIC) nanoantenna array, where strong coupling between a nanoparticle dark mode with a high order nanocavity bright mode can prod...

  18. Temporal laser pulse manipulation using multiple optical ring-cavities

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    Nguyen, Quang-Viet (Inventor); Kojima, Jun (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An optical pulse stretcher and a mathematical algorithm for the detailed calculation of its design and performance is disclosed. The optical pulse stretcher has a plurality of optical cavities, having multiple optical reflectors such that an optical path length in each of the optical cavities is different. The optical pulse stretcher also has a plurality of beam splitters, each of which intercepts a portion of an input optical beam and diverts the portion into one of the plurality of optical cavities. The input optical beam is stretched and a power of an output beam is reduced after passing through the optical pulse stretcher and the placement of the plurality of optical cavities and beam splitters is optimized through a model that takes into account optical beam divergence and alignment in the pluralities of the optical cavities. The optical pulse stretcher system can also function as a high-repetition-rate (MHz) laser pulse generator, making it suitable for use as a stroboscopic light source for high speed ballistic projectile imaging studies, or it can be used for high speed flow diagnostics using a laser light sheet with digital particle imaging velocimetry. The optical pulse stretcher system can also be implemented using fiber optic components to realize a rugged and compact optical system that is alignment free and easy to use.

  19. Laser polishing for topography management of accelerator cavity surfaces

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    Zhao, Liang [College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States); Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States); Klopf, J. Mike [College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States); Reece, Charles E. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States); Kelley, Michael J. [College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States); Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States)

    2015-07-20

    Improved energy efficiency and reduced cost are greatly desired for advanced particle accelerators. Progress toward both can be made by atomically-smoothing the interior surface of the niobium superconducting radiofrequency accelerator cavities at the machine's heart. Laser polishing offers a green alternative to the present aggressive chemical processes. We found parameters suitable for polishing niobium in all surface states expected for cavity production. As a result, careful measurement of the resulting surface chemistry revealed a modest thinning of the surface oxide layer, but no contamination.

  20. Vertical-cavity laser with a novel grating mirror

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    Park, Gyeong Cheol

    Hybrid III-V on silicon (Si) ‘vertical cavity lasers’ (hybrid VCLs), which can emit light laterally into a Si waveguide, are fabricated and investigated. The Si-integrated hybrid VCL consists of a top dielectric Bragg reflector (DBR), a III-V active layer, and a bottom high contrast grating (HCG...... a very short evanescent tail. This reduces the photon lifetime of the laser cavity significantly without reducing the mirror reflectivity, leading to a very high intrinsic speed. A 3 dB frequency of 27.2 GHz was measured at a pumping power corresponding to a current injection of 0.7 mA. Since the...

  1. Quantum-Dot Cascade Laser: Proposal for an Ultra-Low-Threshold Semiconductor Laser

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    Wingreen, Ned S.; Stafford, Charles A.

    1996-01-01

    We propose a quantum-dot version of the quantum-well cascade laser of Faist et al. [Science {\\bf 264}, 553 (1994)]. The elimination of single phonon decays by the three-dimensional confinement implies a several order-of-magnitude reduction in the threshold current. The requirements on dot size (10-20nm) and on dot density and uniformity [one coupled pair of dots per (180nm)^3 with 5% nonuniformity] are close to current technology.

  2. Dependence of mis-alignment sensitivity of ring laser gyro cavity on cavity parameters

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    The ring laser gyroscope (RLG), as a rotation sensor, has been widely used for navigation and guidance on vehicles and missiles. The environment of strong random-vibration and large acceleration may deteriorate the performance of the RLG due to the vibration-induced tilting of the mirrors. In this paper the RLG performance is theoretically analyzed and the parameters such as the beam diameter at the aperture, cavity mirror alignment sensitivities and power loss due to the mirror tilting are calculated. It is concluded that by carefully choosing the parameters, the significant loss in laser power can be avoided.

  3. Observation of Time-resolved Gain Dynamics in a Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Markmann, S.; Nong, H.; Pal, S.; Hekmat, N; Mohandas, RA; Dean, P.; Li, L; Linfield, EH; Davies, AG; Wieck, AD; Jukam, N.

    2015-01-01

    The dynamic response of a terahertz quantum cascade laser is probed as a function of time. The gain of the THz QCL is saturated by injection seeding the laser with an initial THz seed pulse. The time-resolved gain of the injection seeded laser is then probed with a second THz pulse.

  4. Discrete frequency infrared microspectroscopy and imaging with a tunable quantum cascade laser

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    Kole, Matthew R.; Reddy, Rohith K.; Schulmerich, Matthew V.; Gelber, Matthew K.; Bhargava, Rohit

    2012-01-01

    Fourier-transform infrared imaging (FT-IR) is a well-established modality but requires the acquisition of a spectrum over a large bandwidth, even in cases where only a few spectral features may be of interest. Discrete frequency infrared (DF-IR) methods are now emerging in which a small number of measurements may provide all the analytical information needed. The DF-IR approach is enabled by the development of new sources integrating frequency selection, in particular of tunable, narrow-bandwidth sources with enough power at each wavelength to successfully make absorption measurements. Here, we describe a DF-IR imaging microscope that uses an external cavity quantum cascade laser (QCL) as a source. We present two configurations, one with an uncooled bolometer as a detector and another with a liquid nitrogen cooled Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) detector and compare their performance to a commercial FT-IR imaging instrument. We examine the consequences of the coherent properties of the beam with respect to imaging and compare these observations to simulations. Additionally, we demonstrate that the use of a tunable laser source represents a distinct advantage over broadband sources when using a small aperture (narrower than the wavelength of light) to perform high-quality point mapping. The two advances highlight the potential application areas for these emerging sources in IR microscopy and imaging. PMID:23113653

  5. Discrete frequency infrared microspectroscopy and imaging with a tunable quantum cascade laser.

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    Kole, Matthew R; Reddy, Rohith K; Schulmerich, Matthew V; Gelber, Matthew K; Bhargava, Rohit

    2012-12-01

    Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) imaging is a well-established modality but requires the acquisition of a spectrum over a large bandwidth, even in cases where only a few spectral features may be of interest. Discrete frequency infrared (DF-IR) methods are now emerging in which a small number of measurements may provide all the analytical information needed. The DF-IR approach is enabled by the development of new sources integrating frequency selection, in particular of tunable, narrow-bandwidth sources with enough power at each wavelength to successfully make absorption measurements. Here, we describe a DF-IR imaging microscope that uses an external cavity quantum cascade laser (QCL) as a source. We present two configurations, one with an uncooled bolometer as a detector and another with a liquid nitrogen cooled mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) detector and compare their performance to a commercial FT-IR imaging instrument. We examine the consequences of the coherent properties of the beam with respect to imaging and compare these observations to simulations. Additionally, we demonstrate that the use of a tunable laser source represents a distinct advantage over broadband sources when using a small aperture (narrower than the wavelength of light) to perform high-quality point mapping. The two advances highlight the potential application areas for these emerging sources in IR microscopy and imaging. PMID:23113653

  6. Quantum cascade laser-based sensors for the detection of exhaled carbon monoxide

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    Pakmanesh, Nahid; Cristescu, Simona M.; Ghorbanzadeh, Atamalek; Harren, Frans J. M.; Mandon, Julien

    2016-01-01

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is an important biomarker as it originates in the human body from the heme (component of hemoglobin) degradation. Tunable laser absorption spectroscopy in the mid-infrared wavelength region is used for sensitive trace gas sensing of exhaled carbon monoxide (CO). Based on a quantum cascade laser emitting at 4.61 µm, two different spectroscopic methods are investigated: off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (OA-ICOS) and wavelength modulation 2f/1f spectroscopy (WMS). The optical sensors integrate a slow feedback system to correct for wavelength drifts improving their stability over days. Both approaches demonstrate a high reproducibility and sensitivity during online measurements of exhaled human breath. Considering the detection limit to be the equal to the standard deviation of the background fluctuations, the noise-equivalent detection limit for both OA-ICOS and WMS is 7 ppbv (1-s averaging time), leading to a noise-equivalent absorption sensitivity of 3.1 × 10-7 cm-1 Hz-1/2, which is sufficient for measurements of exhaled CO (eCO). Collection and measurements of eCO samples were investigated, and different exhalation flow rates and breath-holding time were explored, to provide a reliable sampling method for future medical investigations.

  7. Collapse and revival of electromagnetic cascades in focused intense laser pulses

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    Mironov, A.A., E-mail: mironov.hep@gmail.com; Narozhny, N.B., E-mail: narozhny@theor.mephi.ru; Fedotov, A.M., E-mail: am_fedotov@mail.ru

    2014-09-12

    We consider interaction of a high-energy electron beam with superstrong laser pulses. Nonlinear Compton scattering and electron–positron pair production by the emitted photons result in development of an electromagnetic “shower-type” cascade, which however collapses rather quickly due to energy losses by secondary particles. Nevertheless, the laser field accelerates the slowed down electrons and positrons, thus giving rise to development of electromagnetic cascade of another type (“avalanche-type”). This effect of cascade collapse and revival can be observed at the electron beam energy of the order of several GeV and laser pulses intensity ∼10{sup 24} W/cm{sup 2}. This means that it can be readily observed at the novel laser facilities which are either planned for the nearest future, or are already under construction. The proposed experimental setup provides the most realistic and promissory way to observe the “avalanche-type” cascades. - Highlights: • Interaction of laser pulse with electrons may result in QED cascades of two types. • Both of them can occur when high-energy electrons collide with intense laser pulses. • We predict the effect of collapse and revival of QED cascade in collision experiment. • The effect can be observed at laser facilities which are under construction.

  8. A Coupled Cavity Micro Fluidic Dye Ring Laser

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    Gersborg-Hansen, M; Mortensen, N A; Kristensen, A

    2004-01-01

    We present a laterally emitting, coupled cavity micro fluidic dye ring laser, suitable for integration into lab-on-a-chip micro systems. The micro-fluidic laser has been successfully designed, fabricated, characterized and modelled. The resonator is formed by a micro-fluidic channel bounded by two isosceles triangle mirrors. The micro-fluidic laser structure is defined using photo lithography in 10 microns thick SU-8 polymer on a glass substrate. The micro fluidic channel is sealed by a glass lid, using PMMA adhesive bonding. The laser is characterized using the laser dye Rhodamine 6G dissolved in ethanol or ethylene glycol as the active gain medium, which is pumped through the micro-fluidic channel and laser resonator. The dye laser is optically pumped normal to the chip plane at 532 nm by a pulsed, frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser and lasing is observed with a threshold pump pulse energy flux of around 55 micro-Joule/square-milimeter. The lasing is multi-mode, and the laser has switchable output coupling into...

  9. Linewidth enhancement factor of a type-II quantum-cascade laser

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    Lerttamrab, M.; Chuang, S. L.; Yang, R. Q.; Hill, C. J.

    2004-01-01

    We measured directly the optical gain, refractive index change, and the linewidth enhancement factor of a type-II quantum-cascade laser. We obtained very low linewidth enhancement factor of 0.8 near threshold.

  10. Mid-IR quantum cascade lasers and amplifiers: recent developments and applications

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    Troccoli, Mariano; Capasso, Federico; Colombelli, Raffaele; Gmachl, Claire; Tennant, Donald; Sivco, Deborah L.; Cho, Alfred Y.; Painter, Oskar J.; Srinivasan, Kartik

    2003-01-01

    This talk will give an overview of the most recent results on the realization of new quantum cascade laser devices and the perspective of their innovative applications in the mid-infrared range of the spectrum.

  11. Effect of temperature and electric field on quantum cascade laser transients

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    Saha, Sumit; Kumar, Jitendra

    2015-06-01

    The dynamics of a quantum cascade laser (QCL) have been analyzed theoretically using a three level rate equation model. It is observed that the electric field and the temperature affect the QCL turn-on transients significantly.

  12. Laser frequency stabilization using folded cavity and mirror reflectivity tuning

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    Liu, X.; Cassou, K.; Chiche, R.; Dupraz, K.; Favier, P.; Flaminio, R.; Honda, Y.; Huang, W. H.; Martens, A.; Michel, C.; Pinard, L.; Sassolas, B.; Soskov, V.; Tang, C. X.; Zomer, F.

    2016-06-01

    A new method of laser frequency stabilization using polarization property of an optical cavity is proposed. In a standard Fabry-Perot cavity, the coating layers thickness of cavity mirrors is calculated to obtain the same phase shift for s- and p-wave but a slight detuning from the nominal thickness can produce s- and p-wave phase detuning. As a result, each wave accumulates a different round-trip phase shift and resonates at a different frequency. Using this polarization property, an error signal is generated by a simple setup consisting of a quarter wave-plate rotated at 45°, a polarizing beam splitter and two photodiodes. This method exhibits similar error signal as the Pound-Drever-Hall technique but without need for any frequency modulation. Lock theory and experimental results are presented in this paper.

  13. Design of two-dimensional photonic crystal defect states for quantum cascade laser resonators

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    Srinivasan, Kartik; Painter, Oskar

    2004-01-01

    Current quantum cascade lasers based upon conduction band electron transitions are predominantly TM (electrical field normal to the epitaxial direction) polarized. Here we present a study of localized defect modes, with the requisite TM polarization, in connected square and hexagonal lattice two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystals for application as quantum cascade laser resonators. A simple group-theory based analysis is used to produce an approximate description of the resonant modes support...

  14. Calculation of the cross-plane thermal conductivity of a quantum cascade laser active region

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    2011-01-01

    Abstract The key problem in thermal modelling of a quantum cascade laser is determining the thermal conductivity ? of its active region. The parameter is highly anisotropic. Particularly the cross-plane value ? ? is significantly reduced, which may be attributed to the presence of large number of interfaces between epitaxial layers. In this work two relatively simple models of phonon scattering at solid-solid boundary are used to calculate ? ? for the terahertz quantum cascade laser. The t...

  15. Microencapsulation of silicon cavities using a pulsed excimer laser

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    This work presents a novel low thermal-budget technique for sealing micromachined cavities in silicon. Cavities are sealed without deposition, similar to the silicon surface-migration sealing process. In contrast to the 1100 °C furnace anneal required for the migration process, the proposed technique uses short excimer laser pulses (24 ns), focused onto an area of 23 mm2, to locally heat the top few microns of the substrate, while the bulk substrate remains near ambient temperature. The treatment can be applied to selected regions of the substrate, without the need for special surface treatments or a controlled environment. This work investigates the effect of varying the laser pulse energy from 400 mJ cm−2 to 800 mJ cm−2, the pulse rate from 1 Hz to 50 Hz and the pulse count from 200 to 3000 pulses on sealing microfabricated cavities in silicon. An analytical model for the effect of holes on the surface temperature distribution is derived, which shows that much higher temperatures can be achieved by increasing the hole density. A mechanism for sealing the cavities is proposed, which indicates how complete sealing is feasible. (paper)

  16. Microencapsulation of silicon cavities using a pulsed excimer laser

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    Sedky, Sherif M.

    2012-06-07

    This work presents a novel low thermal-budget technique for sealing micromachined cavities in silicon. Cavities are sealed without deposition, similar to the silicon surface-migration sealing process. In contrast to the 1100°C furnace anneal required for the migration process, the proposed technique uses short excimer laser pulses (24ns), focused onto an area of 23mm 2, to locally heat the top few microns of the substrate, while the bulk substrate remains near ambient temperature. The treatment can be applied to selected regions of the substrate, without the need for special surface treatments or a controlled environment. This work investigates the effect of varying the laser pulse energy from 400 mJ cm 2to 800 mJ cm 2, the pulse rate from 1Hz to 50Hz and the pulse count from 200 to 3000 pulses on sealing microfabricated cavities in silicon. An analytical model for the effect of holes on the surface temperature distribution is derived, which shows that much higher temperatures can be achieved by increasing the hole density. A mechanism for sealing the cavities is proposed, which indicates how complete sealing is feasible. © 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  17. Development of superconducting acceleration cavity technology for free electron lasers

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    As a result of the cooperative research between the KAERI and Peking University, the key technologies of superconducting acceleration cavity and photoelectron gun have been developed for the application to high power free electron lasers. A 1.5-GHz, 1-cell superconducting RF cavity has been designed and fabricated by using pure Nb sheets. The unloaded Q values of the fabricated superconducting cavity has been measured to be 2x109 at 2.5K, and 8x109 at 1.8K. The maximum acceleration gradient achieved was 12 MeV/m at 2.5K, and 20MV/m at 1.8 K. A cryostat for the 1-cell superconducting cavity has been designed. As a source of electron beam, a DC photocathode electron gun has been designed and fabricated, which is composed of a photocathode evaporation chamber and a 100-keV acceleration chamber. The efficiency of the Cs2Te photocathode is 3% nominally at room temperature, 10% at 290 deg C. The superconducting photoelectron gun system developed has been estimated to be a good source of high-brightness electron beam for high-power free electron lasers

  18. Optical Properties of Active Regions in Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Dyksik, M.; Motyka, M.; Rudno-Rudziński, W.; Sęk, G.; Misiewicz, J.; Pucicki, D.; Kosiel, K.; Sankowska, I.; Kubacka-Traczyk, J.; Bugajski, M.

    2016-03-01

    In this work, AlGaAs/GaAs superlattice, with layers' sequence and compositions imitating the active and injector regions of a quantum cascade laser designed for emission in the terahertz spectral range, was investigated. Three independent absorption-like optical spectroscopy techniques were employed in order to study the band structure of the minibands formed within the conduction band. Photoreflectance measurements provided information about interband transitions in the investigated system. Common transmission spectra revealed, in the target range of intraband transitions, mainly a number of lines associated with the phonon-related processes, including two-phonon absorption. In contrast, differential transmittance realized by means of Fourier-transform spectroscopy was utilized to probe the confined states of the conduction band. The obtained energy separation between the second and third confined electron levels, expected to be predominantly contributing to the lasing, was found to be ~9 meV. The optical spectroscopy measurements were supported by numerical calculations performed in the effective mass approximation and XRD measurements for layers' width verification. The calculated energy spacings are in a good agreement with the experimental values.

  19. Shaped beams in vertically emitting quantum cascade ring lasers

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    Full text: Since the mid-infrared (MIR) and terahertz (THz) regime of the electromagnetic spectrum is rich in absorption resonances, applications like chemical sensing and spectral imaging call for reliable coherent emitters with well defined beam profiles. We demonstrate the simulation, design, fabrication and operation of surface emitting MIR and THz quantum cascade ring lasers (QCL) that hold second-order gratings to allow for radiation out-coupling. The emitting area naturally forms a circularly shaped far field and the overall large emission area narrows the beam, making bulky and expensive optics obsolete. The capability of beam shaping is achieved by tuning the grating period, resulting in spot- and ring-shaped symmetric far-field patterns. The emitters exhibit robust single mode operation with a side mode suppression ratio higher than 25 dB, for all bias currents and temperatures. A strong reduction of the beam divergence was observed for MIR and THz QCLs, with a full-width-at-half-maximum of 3o and 15o, respectively. (author)

  20. Quantum cascade laser-based hyperspectral imaging of biological tissue.

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    Kröger, Niels; Egl, Alexander; Engel, Maria; Gretz, Norbert; Haase, Katharina; Herpich, Iris; Kränzlin, Bettina; Neudecker, Sabine; Pucci, Annemarie; Schönhals, Arthur; Vogt, Jochen; Petrich, Wolfgang

    2014-01-01

    The spectroscopy of analyte-specific molecular vibrations in tissue thin sections has opened up a path toward histopathology without the need for tissue staining. However, biomedical vibrational imaging has not yet advanced from academic research to routine histopathology due to long acquisition times for the microscopic hyperspectral images and/or cost and availability of the necessary equipment. Here we show that the combination of a fast-tuning quantum cascade laser with a microbolometer array detector allows for a rapid image acquisition and bares the potential for substantial cost reduction. A 3.1 x 2.8 mm2 unstained thin section of mouse jejunum has been imaged in the 9.2 to 9.7 μm wavelength range (spectral resolution ~1 cm(-1)) within 5 min with diffraction limited spatial resolution. The comparison of this hyperspectral imaging approach with standard Fourier transform infrared imaging or mapping of the identical sample shows a reduction in acquisition time per wavenumber interval and image area by more than one or three orders of magnitude, respectively. PMID:24967840

  1. Optical modulation of quantum cascade laser with optimized excitation wavelength.

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    Yang, Tao; Chen, Gang; Tian, Chao; Martini, Rainer

    2013-04-15

    The excitation wavelength for all-optical modulation of a 10.6 μm mid-infrared (MIR) quantum cascade laser (QCL) was varied in order to obtain maximum modulation depth. Both amplitude and wavelength modulation experiments were conducted at 820 nm and 1550 nm excitation respectively, whereby the latter matches the interband transition in the QCL active region. Experimental results show that for continuous-wave mode-operated QCL, the efficiency of free carrier generation is doubled under 1550 nm excitation compared with 820 nm excitation, resulting in an increase of the amplitude modulation index from 19% to 36%. At the same time, the maximum wavelength shift is more than doubled from 1.05 nm to 2.80 nm. Furthermore, for the first time to our knowledge, we demonstrated the optical switching of a QCL operated in pulse mode by simple variation of the excitation wavelength. PMID:23595430

  2. Optical Properties of Active Regions in Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Dyksik, M.; Motyka, M.; Rudno-Rudziński, W.; Sęk, G.; Misiewicz, J.; Pucicki, D.; Kosiel, K.; Sankowska, I.; Kubacka-Traczyk, J.; Bugajski, M.

    2016-07-01

    In this work, AlGaAs/GaAs superlattice, with layers' sequence and compositions imitating the active and injector regions of a quantum cascade laser designed for emission in the terahertz spectral range, was investigated. Three independent absorption-like optical spectroscopy techniques were employed in order to study the band structure of the minibands formed within the conduction band. Photoreflectance measurements provided information about interband transitions in the investigated system. Common transmission spectra revealed, in the target range of intraband transitions, mainly a number of lines associated with the phonon-related processes, including two-phonon absorption. In contrast, differential transmittance realized by means of Fourier-transform spectroscopy was utilized to probe the confined states of the conduction band. The obtained energy separation between the second and third confined electron levels, expected to be predominantly contributing to the lasing, was found to be ~9 meV. The optical spectroscopy measurements were supported by numerical calculations performed in the effective mass approximation and XRD measurements for layers' width verification. The calculated energy spacings are in a good agreement with the experimental values.

  3. Current trends in vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Lee, TP

    1995-01-01

    With significant progress made in recent years, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have emerged as potential lightwave sources with a variety of applications, including high speed optical interconnects, parallel data links, optical recording, 2-D scanning, and optical signal processing. This volume, which contains a collection of articles by outstanding experts on this topic, encompasses a broad discussion of the current trends in the development of VCSELs. Discussions include material growths, structure designs, processing methods, performance analysis, improvement strategies, a

  4. Integrated optoelectronic probe including a vertical cavity surface emitting laser for laser Doppler perfusion monitoring

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    Serov, Alexander N.; Nieland, Janharm; Oosterbaan, Sjoerd; Mul, de Frits F.M.; Kranenburg, van Herma; Bekman, Herman H.P.Th.; Steenbergen, Wiendelt

    2006-01-01

    An integrated optoelectronic probe with small dimensions, for direct-contact laser Doppler blood flow monitoring has been realized. A vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL), and a chip with photodetectors and all necessary electronics are integrated in a miniature probe head connected to a l

  5. Integrated Optoelectronic Probe Including a Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser for Laser Doppler Perfusion Monitoring

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    Serov, A.N.; Nieland, J.; Oosterbaan, S.; Steenbergen, W.; Bekman, H.H.P.T.; Mul, F.F.M. de; Kranenburg, H. van

    2006-01-01

    An integrated optoelectronic probe with small dimensions, for direct-contact laser Doppler blood flow monitoring has been realized. A vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL), and a chip with photodetectors and all necessary electronics are integrated in a miniature probe head connected to a l

  6. Optical Switching of a Quantum Cascade Laser in Continuous Wave Operation

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    We demonstrate an optical switching in a middle infrared continuous-wave quantum cascade laser operated in single mode by illuminating its front facet with a near infrared laser. A decrease in the laser net gain is observed in the amplified spontaneous emission spectrum. This is attributed to an increase of the carrier concentration caused by the near infrared excitation. The net gain reduction allows the quantum cascade laser to be completely switched off from single mode lasing. This optical switching can be used to convert near infrared signals into middle infrared signals for free space communication. (cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  7. Ultra-broadband quantum cascade laser, tunable over 760 cm(-1), with balanced gain.

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    Bandyopadhyay, N; Chen, M; Sengupta, S; Slivken, S; Razeghi, M

    2015-08-10

    A heterogeneous quantum cascade laser, consisting of multiple stacks of discrete wavelength quantum cascade stages, emitting in 5.9-10.9 µm, wavelength range is reported. The broadband characteristics are demonstrated with a distributed-feedback laser array, emitting at fixed frequencies at room temperature, covering an emission range of ~760 cm(-1), which is ~59% relative to the center frequency. By appropriate choice of a strained AlInAs/GaInAs material system, quantum cascade stage design and spatial arrangement of stages, the distributed-feedback array has been engineered to exhibit a flat threshold current density across the demonstrated range. PMID:26367965

  8. High-Power Operation of Uncoated Strain-Compensated Quantum Cascade Lasers at 4.8μm

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    LI Lu; SHAO Ye; LIU Jun-Qi; LIU Feng-Qi; WANG zhan-Gu

    2007-01-01

    High-power operation of uncoated 22-μm-wide quantum cascade lasers(QCLs)emitting at λ≈4.8 μm is reported.The emitting region of the QCL structure consists of a 30-period strain-compensated In0.68 Ga0.32As/In0.37Al0.63As superlattice.For a 4-mm-long laser in puIsed mode,a peak output power is achieved in excess of 2240 m W per facet at 81 K with a threshold current density of 0.64 Ka/cm2.The effects of varying the cavity lengths from 1 to 4mm on the performances of the QCLs are analysed in detail and the low waveguide loss of only about 1.4cm-1 is extracted.

  9. Large optical cavity AlGaAs buried heterostructure window lasers

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    Blauvelt, H.; Margalit, S.; Yariv, A.

    1982-01-01

    Large optical cavity buried heterostructure window lasers in which only the transparent AlGaAs waveguiding layers, and not the active layer, extend to the laser mirrors have been fabricated. These lasers have threshold currents and differential quantum efficiencies comparable to those of regular large optical cavity buried heterostructure lasers in which the active region extends to the laser mirrors, however the window lasers have been operated under pulsed conditions at three times the powe...

  10. Efficient Dielectric Metasurface Collimating Lenses for Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Arbabi, Amir; Horie, Yu; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-01-01

    Light emitted from single-mode semiconductor lasers generally has large divergence angles, and high numerical aperture lenses are required for beam collimation. Visible and near infrared lasers are collimated using aspheric glass or plastic lenses, yet collimation of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers typically requires more costly aspheric lenses made of germanium, chalcogenide compounds, or other infrared-transparent materials. Here we report mid-infrared dielectric metasurface flat lenses that efficiently collimate the output beam of single-mode quantum cascade lasers. The metasurface lenses are composed of amorphous silicon posts on a flat sapphire substrate and can be fabricated at low cost using a single step conventional UV binary lithography. Mid-infrared radiation from a 4.8 $\\mu$m distributed-feedback quantum cascade laser is collimated using a polarization insensitive metasurface lens with 0.86 numerical aperture and 79% transmission efficiency. The collimated beam has a half divergence angle of 0...

  11. Fabrication methods for a quantum cascade photonic crystal surface emitting laser

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    Tennant, D. M.; Colombelli, R.; Srinivasan, K.; Troccoli, M.; Painter, O.; Gmachl, C.; Capasso, F; Sergent, A. M.; Sivco, D.L.; Cho, A. Y.

    2003-01-01

    Conventional quantum cascade (QC) lasers are intrinsically edge-emitting devices with mode confinement achieved via a standard mesa stripe configuration. Surface emission in edge emitting QC lasers has therefore necessitated redirecting the waveguided laser emission using a second order grating. This paper describes the methods used to fabricate a 2D photonic crystal (PC) structure with or without a central defect superimposed on an electrically pumped QC laser structure with the goal of achi...

  12. Thermal management of quantum cascade lasers in an individually addressable monolithic array architecture

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    Missaggia, Leo; Wang, Christine; Connors, Michael; Saar, Brian; Sanchez-Rubio, Antonio; Creedon, Kevin; Turner, George; Herzog, William

    2016-03-01

    There are a number of military and commercial applications for high-power laser systems in the mid-to-long-infrared wavelength range. By virtue of their demonstrated watt-level performance and wavelength diversity, quantum cascade laser (QCL) and amplifier devices are an excellent choice of emitter for those applications. To realize the power levels of interest, beam combining of arrays of these emitters is required and as a result, array technology must be developed. With this in mind, packaging and thermal management strategies were developed to facilitate the demonstration of a monolithic QCL array operating under CW conditions. Thermal models were constructed and simulations performed to determine the effect of parameters such as array-element ridge width and pitch on gain region temperature rise. The results of the simulations were considered in determining an appropriate QCL array configuration. State-of-the-art micro-impingement cooling along with an electrical distribution scheme comprised of AlN multi-layer technology were integrated into the design. The design of the module allows for individual electrical addressability of the array elements, a method of phase control demonstrated previously for coherent beam combining of diode arrays, along with access to both front and rear facets. Hence, both laser and single-pass amplifier arrays can be accommodated. A module was realized containing a 5 mm cavity length monolithic QCL array comprised of 7 elements on 450 m pitch. An output power of 3.16 W was demonstrated under CW conditions at an emission wavelength of 9μm.

  13. Fast infrared chemical imaging with a quantum cascade laser.

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    Yeh, Kevin; Kenkel, Seth; Liu, Jui-Nung; Bhargava, Rohit

    2015-01-01

    Infrared (IR) spectroscopic imaging systems are a powerful tool for visualizing molecular microstructure of a sample without the need for dyes or stains. Table-top Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) imaging spectrometers, the current established technology, can record broadband spectral data efficiently but requires scanning the entire spectrum with a low throughput source. The advent of high-intensity, broadly tunable quantum cascade lasers (QCL) has now accelerated IR imaging but results in a fundamentally different type of instrument and approach, namely, discrete frequency IR (DF-IR) spectral imaging. While the higher intensity of the source provides a higher signal per channel, the absence of spectral multiplexing also provides new opportunities and challenges. Here, we couple a rapidly tunable QCL with a high performance microscope equipped with a cooled focal plane array (FPA) detector. Our optical system is conceptualized to provide optimal performance based on recent theory and design rules for high-definition (HD) IR imaging. Multiple QCL units are multiplexed together to provide spectral coverage across the fingerprint region (776.9 to 1904.4 cm(-1)) in our DF-IR microscope capable of broad spectral coverage, wide-field detection, and diffraction-limited spectral imaging. We demonstrate that the spectral and spatial fidelity of this system is at least as good as the best FT-IR imaging systems. Our configuration provides a speedup for equivalent spectral signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) compared to the best spectral quality from a high-performance linear array system that has 10-fold larger pixels. Compared to the fastest available HD FT-IR imaging system, we demonstrate scanning of large tissue microarrays (TMA) in 3-orders of magnitude smaller time per essential spectral frequency. These advances offer new opportunities for high throughput IR chemical imaging, especially for the measurement of cells and tissues. PMID:25474546

  14. Fast Infrared Chemical Imaging with a Quantum Cascade Laser

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    2015-01-01

    Infrared (IR) spectroscopic imaging systems are a powerful tool for visualizing molecular microstructure of a sample without the need for dyes or stains. Table-top Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) imaging spectrometers, the current established technology, can record broadband spectral data efficiently but requires scanning the entire spectrum with a low throughput source. The advent of high-intensity, broadly tunable quantum cascade lasers (QCL) has now accelerated IR imaging but results in a fundamentally different type of instrument and approach, namely, discrete frequency IR (DF-IR) spectral imaging. While the higher intensity of the source provides a higher signal per channel, the absence of spectral multiplexing also provides new opportunities and challenges. Here, we couple a rapidly tunable QCL with a high performance microscope equipped with a cooled focal plane array (FPA) detector. Our optical system is conceptualized to provide optimal performance based on recent theory and design rules for high-definition (HD) IR imaging. Multiple QCL units are multiplexed together to provide spectral coverage across the fingerprint region (776.9 to 1904.4 cm–1) in our DF-IR microscope capable of broad spectral coverage, wide-field detection, and diffraction-limited spectral imaging. We demonstrate that the spectral and spatial fidelity of this system is at least as good as the best FT-IR imaging systems. Our configuration provides a speedup for equivalent spectral signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) compared to the best spectral quality from a high-performance linear array system that has 10-fold larger pixels. Compared to the fastest available HD FT-IR imaging system, we demonstrate scanning of large tissue microarrays (TMA) in 3-orders of magnitude smaller time per essential spectral frequency. These advances offer new opportunities for high throughput IR chemical imaging, especially for the measurement of cells and tissues. PMID:25474546

  15. Cavity ringdown spectroscopy with widely tunable swept-frequency lasers

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    Full text: A novel approach to cavity ringdown (CRD) spectroscopy based on swept-frequency (SF) lasers enables rapid measurement of CRD absorption spectra. Our new SF CRD spectrometer incorporates a miniature widely-tunable continuous-wave SF laser and requires less than 1 s to record wide-ranging absorption spectra with high sensitivity in a single rapid sweep of the laser frequency. The spectrometer has a single-ended transmitter-receiver configuration based on retro-reflected optical-heterodyne detection, and yields a simple, compact, versatile instrument for efficient sensing of gases. The performance of the spectrometer is demonstrated by measuring weak absorption spectra of carbon dioxide gas at 1.5-1.6 μm. Copyright (2005) Australian Institute of Physics

  16. Optical measurement on quantum cascade lasers using femtosecond pulses

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    Cai, Hong

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) as the state-of-the-art mid-infrared (mid-IR) coherent sources have been greatly developed in aspects such as output power, energy efficiency and spectral purity. However, there are additional applications of QCLs in high demand, namely mode-locking, mid-IR modulation, etc. The inherent optical properties and ultrafast carrier dynamics can lead to solutions to these challenges. In this dissertation, we further characterize QCLs using mid-IR femtosecond (fs) pulses generated from a laser system consisting of a Ti:sapphire oscillator, a Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier, an optical parametric amplifier and a difference frequency generator. We study the Kerr nonlinearity of QCLs by coupling resonant and off-resonant mid-IR fs pulses into an active QCL waveguide. We observe an increase in the spectral width of the transmitted fs pulses as the coupled mid-IR pulse power increases. This is explained by the self-phase modulation effect due to the large Kerr nonlinearity of QCL waveguides. We further confirm this effect by observing the intensity dependent far-field profile of the transmitted mid-IR pulses, showing the pulses undergo self-focusing as they propagate through the active QCL due to the intensity dependent refractive index. The finite-difference time-domain simulations of QCL waveguides with Kerr nonlinearity incorporated show similar behavior to the experimental results. The giant Kerr nonlinearity investigated here may be used to realize ultrafast pulse generation in QCLs. In addition, we temporally resolved the ultrafast mid-infrared transmission modulation of QCLs using a near-infrared pump/mid-infrared probe technique at room temperature. Two different femtosecond wavelength pumps are used with photon energy above and below the quantum well (QW) bandgap. The shorter wavelength pump modulates the mid-infrared probe transmission through interband transition assisted mechanisms, resulting in a high transmission modulation depth

  17. Variation of Lasing Wavelength of Fiber Grating Semiconductor Laser with Temperature for Different External Cavity Lengths

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    Zhengmao Wu; Hanqing Zhou; Guangqiong Xia

    2003-01-01

    For different external cavity lengths, lasing wavelength variation of fiber grating external cavity semiconductor laser (FGECSL) with ambient temperature has been investigated theoretically, and the theoretical results are in agreement with reported experimental observations.

  18. Absolute spectroscopy of N2O near 4.5 μm with a comb-calibrated, frequency-swept quantum cascade laser spectrometer.

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    Knabe, Kevin; Williams, Paul A; Giorgetta, Fabrizio R; Radunsky, Michael B; Armacost, Chris M; Crivello, Sam; Newbury, Nathan R

    2013-01-14

    We present absolute line center frequencies for 24 fundamental ν3 ro-vibrational P-branch transitions near 4.5 μm in N2O with an absolute expanded (multiplied by 2) frequency uncertainty of 800 kHz. The spectra are acquired with a swept laser spectrometer consisting of an external-cavity quantum cascade laser whose instantaneous frequency is continuously tracked against a near-infrared frequency comb. The measured absorbance profiles have a well-calibrated frequency axis, and are fitted to determine absolute line center values. We discuss the main sources of uncertainty. PMID:23388996

  19. Room Temperature Operation of a Buried Heterostructure Photonic Crystal Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Peretti, R; Wolf, J M; Bonzon, C; Süess, M J; Lourdudoss, S; Metaferia, W; Beck, M; Faist, J

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrated room temperature operation of deep etched photonic crystal quantum cascade laser emitting around 8.5 micron. We fabricated buried heterostructure photonic crystals, resulting in single mode laser emission on a high order slow Bloch modes of the photonic crystal, between high symmetry points of the Brillouin.

  20. Quantum Cascade Laser Measurements of Stratospheric Methane (CHsub4) and Nitrous Oxide (NSub20)

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    Webster, C.; Flesch, G.; Scott, D.; Swanson, J.; May, R.; Gmachl, S.; Capasso, F.; Sivco, D.; Baillargeon, J.; Hutchinson, A.; Cho, A.; Woodward, C.

    1999-01-01

    A tunable Quantum-Cascade (QC) laser has been flown on NASA's ER-2 high-altitude aircraft to produce the first atmospheric gas mearsurements using this newly-invented device, an important milestone in the QC laser's much-anticipated future planetary, industrial, and commercial application.

  1. Continuous-wave operation of quantum cascade laser emitting near 5.6 µm

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    Yarekha, D. A.; Beck, Mattias; Blaser, Stéphane; Aellen, Thierry; Gini Emilio; Hofstetter, Daniel; Faist, Jérôme

    2008-01-01

    Buried heterostructure quantum cascade lasers emitting at 5.64 µm are presented. Continuous-wave (CW) operation has been achieved at –30°C for junction down mounted devices with both facets coated. A 750 µm-long laser exhibited 3 mW of CW power with a threshold current density of 5.4 kA/cm2.

  2. High efficiency, single-lobe surface-emitting DFB/DBR quantum cascade lasers.

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    Liu, Ying-Hui; Zhang, Jin-Chuan; Yan, Fang-Liang; Jia, Zhi-Wei; Liu, Feng-Qi; Liang, Ping; Zhuo, Ning; Zhai, Shen-Qiang; Wang, Li-Jun; Liu, Jun-Qi; Liu, Shu-Man; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2016-08-22

    We demonstrate a surface-emitting quantum cascade laser (QCL) based on second-order buried distributed feedback/distributed Bragg reflector (DFB/DBR) gratings for feedback and outcoupling. The grating fabricated beneath the waveguide was found to fundamentally favor lasing in symmetric mode either through analysis or experiment. Single-lobe far-field radiation pattern with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 0.18° was obtained along the cavity-length direction. Besides, the buried DFB/DBR grating structure successfully provided an efficient vertical outcoupling mechanism with low optical losses, which manages to achieve a high surface outcouping efficiency of 46% in continuous-wave (CW) operation and 60% in pulsed operation at room temperature. Single-mode emission with a side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) about 25 dB was continuously tunable by heat sink temperature or injection current. Our work contributes to the realization of high efficiency surface-emitting devices with high far-field beam quality that are significantly needed in many application fields. PMID:27557231

  3. Rectified diode response of a multimode quantum cascade laser integrated terahertz transceiver

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    Dyer, Gregory C; Cich, Michael J; Grine, Albert D; Fuller, Charles T; Reno, John L; Wanke, Michael C

    2016-01-01

    We characterized the DC transport response of a diode embedded in a THz quantum cascade laser as the laser current was changed. The overall response is described by parallel contributions from the rectification of the laser field due to the non-linearity of the diode I-V and from thermally activated transport. Sudden jumps in the diode response when the laser changes from single mode to multi-mode operation, with no corresponding jumps in output power, suggest that the coupling between the diode and laser field depends on the spatial distribution of internal fields. The results demonstrate conclusively that the internal laser field couples directly to the integrated diode.

  4. Wavelength Width Dependence of Cavity Temperature Distribution in Semiconductor Diode Laser

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    A. Alimorady; Abbasi, S. P.

    2013-01-01

    The study of heat distribution in laser diode shows that there is nonuniform temperature distribution in cavity length of laser diode. In this paper, we investigate the temperature difference in laser diode cavity length and its effect on laser bar output wavelength width that mounted on usual CS model. In this survey at the first, laser was simulated then the simulations result was compared with experimental test result. The result shows that for each emitter there is difference, about 2.5 d...

  5. Lithographic wavelength control of an external cavity laser with a silicon photonic crystal cavity-based resonant reflector.

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    Liles, Alexandros A; Debnath, Kapil; O'Faolain, Liam

    2016-03-01

    We report the experimental demonstration of a new design for external cavity hybrid lasers consisting of a III-V semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) with fiber reflector and a photonic crystal (PhC)-based resonant reflector on SOI. The silicon reflector is composed of an SU8 polymer bus waveguide vertically coupled to a PhC cavity and provides a wavelength-selective optical feedback to the laser cavity. This device exhibits milliwatt-level output power and side-mode suppression ratios of more than 25 dB. PMID:26974073

  6. Frequency and amplitude modulation of ultra-compact terahertz quantum cascade lasers using an integrated avalanche diode oscillator

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    Castellano, Fabrizio; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H.; Davies, A. Giles; Vitiello, Miriam S.

    2016-03-01

    Mode-locked comb sources operating at optical frequencies underpin applications ranging from spectroscopy and ultrafast physics, through to absolute frequency measurements and atomic clocks. Extending their operation into the terahertz frequency range would greatly benefit from the availability of compact semiconductor-based sources. However, the development of any compact mode-locked THz laser, which itself is inherently a frequency comb, has yet to be achieved without the use of an external stimulus. High-power, electrically pumped quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) have recently emerged as a promising solution, owing to their octave spanning bandwidths, the ability to achieve group-velocity dispersion compensation and the possibility of obtaining active mode-locking. Here, we propose an unprecedented compact architecture to induce both frequency and amplitude self-modulation in a THz QCL. By engineering a microwave avalanche oscillator into the laser cavity, which provides a 10 GHz self-modulation of the bias current and output power, we demonstrate multimode laser emission centered around 3 THz, with distinct multiple sidebands. The resulting microwave amplitude and frequency self-modulation of THz QCLs opens up intriguing perspectives, for engineering integrated self-mode-locked THz lasers, with impact in fields such as nano- and ultrafast photonics and optical metrology.

  7. A tunnel regenerated coupled multi-active-region large optical cavity laser with a high quality beam

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    Cui Bi-Feng; Guo Wei-Ling; Du Xiao-Dong; Li Jian-Jun; Zou De-Shu; Shen Guang-Di

    2012-01-01

    A novel coupled multi-active-region large optical cavity structure cascaded by a tunnel junction is proposed to solve the problems of facet catastrophic optical damage (COD) and the large vertical divergence caused by the thin emitting area in conventional laser diodes.For a laser with three active regions,a slope efficiency as high as 1.49 W/A,a vertical divergence angle of 17.4°,and a threshold current density of 271 A/cm2 are achieved.By optimizing the structural parameters,the beam quality is greatly improved,and the level of the COD power increases by more than two times compared with that of the conventional laser.

  8. Efficient Dielectric Metasurface Collimating Lenses for Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Arbabi, Amir; Briggs, Ryan M.; Horie, Yu; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-01-01

    Light emitted from single-mode semiconductor lasers generally has large divergence angles, and high numerical aperture lenses are required for beam collimation. Visible and near infrared lasers are collimated using aspheric glass or plastic lenses, yet collimation of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers typically requires more costly aspheric lenses made of germanium, chalcogenide compounds, or other infrared-transparent materials. Here we report mid-infrared dielectric metasurface flat lenses...

  9. A density matrix model of transport and radiation in quantum cascade lasers

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    A transport model for quantum cascade lasers based on density matrix formalism that incorporates the laser optical field is confronted with experiment. For a typical mid-infrared laser, very good agreement is found for both the current-voltage and current-optical power characteristics. Forcing thermal distribution with a unique temperature in all subbands was found to lead to an overestimate of electron heating in the injector. The model can then be used further to optimize and design new structures.

  10. Modeling the Electro-Optical Performance of High Power Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Hans Dieter Tholl; Quankui Yang; Joachim Wagner

    2016-01-01

    Performance modeling of the characteristics of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers (MIR QCL) is an essential element in formulating consistent component requirements and specifications, in preparing guidelines for the design and manufacture of the QCL structures, and in assessing different modes of operation of the laser device. We use principles of system physics to analyze the electro-optical characteristics of high power MIR QCL, including thermal backfilling of the lower laser level, hot ...

  11. Density matrix model for polarons in a terahertz quantum dot cascade laser

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    Burnett, BA; Williams, BS

    2014-01-01

    © 2014 American Physical Society. A density matrix based method is introduced for computation of steady-state dynamics in quantum cascade systems of arbitrary size, which incorporates an optical field coherently. The method is applied to a model terahertz quantum dot cascade laser system, where a means of treating coherent electron-optical-phonon coupling is also introduced. Results predict a strong increase in the upper state lifetime and operating temperature as compared to traditional well...

  12. Use of laser diodes in cavity ring-down spectroscopy

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    Zare, R.N.; Paldus, B.A.; Ma, Y.; Xie, J. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States)

    1997-12-31

    We have demonstrated that cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS), a highly sensitive absorption technique, is versatile enough to serve as a complete diagnostic for materials process control. In particular, we have used CRDS in the ultraviolet to determine the concentration profile of methyl radicals in a hot-filament diamond reactor; we have applied CRDS in the mid-infrared to detect 50 ppb of methane in a N{sub 2} environment; and, we have extended CRDS so that we can use continuous-wave diode laser sources. Using a laser diode at 810 nm, we were able to achieve a sensitivity of 2 x 10{sup -8} cm{sup -1}. Thus, CRDS can be used not only as an in situ diagnostic for investigating the chemistry of diamond film deposition, but it can also be used as a gas purity diagnostic for any chemical vapor deposition system.

  13. Micromechanical tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Guan Bao-Lu; Guo Xia; Deng Jun; Qu Hong-Wei; Lian Peng; Dong Li-Min; Chen Min; Shen Guang-Di

    2006-01-01

    We report the study on a short wavelength-tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser utilizing a monolithically integrated bridge tuning microelectromechanical system. A deformable-bridge top mirror suspended above an active region is utilized. Applied bridge-substrate bias produces an electrostatic force which reduces the spacing of air-gap and tunes the resonant wavelength toward a shorter wavelength (blue-shift). Good laser characteristics are obtained:such as continuous tuning ranges over 11 nm near 940 nm for 0-9 V tuning bias, the peak output power near 1 mW and the full-width-half-maximum limited to approximately 3.2-6.8 nm. A detailed simulation of the micromechanical and optical characteristics of these devices is performed, and the ratio of bridge displacement to wavelength shift has been found to be 3:1.

  14. An inductively heated hot cavity catcher laser ion source

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    Reponen, M., E-mail: mikael.reponen@riken.jp [Nuclear Physics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, Schuster Laboratory, The University of Manchester, Brunswick Street, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Moore, I. D., E-mail: iain.d.moore@jyu.fi; Pohjalainen, I.; Savonen, M.; Voss, A. [Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, Survontie 9, FI-40014 Jyväskylä (Finland); Rothe, S. [CERN, CH-1211, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Sonnenschein, V. [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan)

    2015-12-15

    An inductively heated hot cavity catcher has been constructed for the production of low-energy ion beams of exotic, neutron-deficient Ag isotopes. A proof-of-principle experiment has been realized by implanting primary {sup 107}Ag{sup 21+} ions from a heavy-ion cyclotron into a graphite catcher. A variable-thickness nickel foil was used to degrade the energy of the primary beam in order to mimic the implantation depth expected from the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation recoils of N = Z {sup 94}Ag. Following implantation, the silver atoms diffused out of the graphite and effused into the catcher cavity and transfer tube, where they were resonantly laser ionized using a three-step excitation and ionization scheme. Following mass separation, the ions were identified by scanning the frequency of the first resonant excitation step while recording the ion count rate. Ion release time profiles were measured for different implantation depths and cavity temperatures with the mean delay time varying from 10 to 600 ms. In addition, the diffusion coefficients for silver in graphite were measured for temperatures of 1470 K, 1630 K, and 1720 K, from which an activation energy of 3.2 ± 0.3 eV could be determined.

  15. An inductively heated hot cavity catcher laser ion source

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    Reponen, M; Pohjalainen, I; Rothe, S; Savonen, M; Sonnenschein, V; Voss, A

    2015-01-01

    An inductively heated hot cavity catcher has been constructed for the production of low-energy ion beams of exotic, neutron-deficient Agisotopes. A proof-of-principle experiment has been realized by implanting primary 107Ag21+ ions from a heavy-ion cyclotron into a graphite catcher. A variable-thickness nickel foil was used to degrade the energy of the primary beam in order to mimic the implantation depth expected from the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation recoils of N = Z94Ag. Following implantation, the silver atoms diffused out of the graphite and effused into the catcher cavity and transfer tube, where they were resonantly laser ionized using a three-step excitation and ionization scheme. Following mass separation, the ions were identified by scanning the frequency of the first resonant excitation step while recording the ion count rate. Ion release time profiles were measured for different implantation depths and cavity temperatures with the mean delay time varying from 10 to 600 ms. In addition, the diffusio...

  16. An inductively heated hot cavity catcher laser ion source

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    Reponen, M.; Moore, I. D.; Pohjalainen, I.; Rothe, S.; Savonen, M.; Sonnenschein, V.; Voss, A.

    2015-12-01

    An inductively heated hot cavity catcher has been constructed for the production of low-energy ion beams of exotic, neutron-deficient Ag isotopes. A proof-of-principle experiment has been realized by implanting primary 107Ag21+ ions from a heavy-ion cyclotron into a graphite catcher. A variable-thickness nickel foil was used to degrade the energy of the primary beam in order to mimic the implantation depth expected from the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation recoils of N = Z 94Ag. Following implantation, the silver atoms diffused out of the graphite and effused into the catcher cavity and transfer tube, where they were resonantly laser ionized using a three-step excitation and ionization scheme. Following mass separation, the ions were identified by scanning the frequency of the first resonant excitation step while recording the ion count rate. Ion release time profiles were measured for different implantation depths and cavity temperatures with the mean delay time varying from 10 to 600 ms. In addition, the diffusion coefficients for silver in graphite were measured for temperatures of 1470 K, 1630 K, and 1720 K, from which an activation energy of 3.2 ± 0.3 eV could be determined.

  17. An inductively heated hot cavity catcher laser ion source.

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    Reponen, M; Moore, I D; Pohjalainen, I; Rothe, S; Savonen, M; Sonnenschein, V; Voss, A

    2015-12-01

    An inductively heated hot cavity catcher has been constructed for the production of low-energy ion beams of exotic, neutron-deficient Ag isotopes. A proof-of-principle experiment has been realized by implanting primary (107)Ag(21+) ions from a heavy-ion cyclotron into a graphite catcher. A variable-thickness nickel foil was used to degrade the energy of the primary beam in order to mimic the implantation depth expected from the heavy-ion fusion-evaporation recoils of N = Z (94)Ag. Following implantation, the silver atoms diffused out of the graphite and effused into the catcher cavity and transfer tube, where they were resonantly laser ionized using a three-step excitation and ionization scheme. Following mass separation, the ions were identified by scanning the frequency of the first resonant excitation step while recording the ion count rate. Ion release time profiles were measured for different implantation depths and cavity temperatures with the mean delay time varying from 10 to 600 ms. In addition, the diffusion coefficients for silver in graphite were measured for temperatures of 1470 K, 1630 K, and 1720 K, from which an activation energy of 3.2 ± 0.3 eV could be determined. PMID:26724021

  18. Surface-enhanced mid-infrared spectroscopy using a quantum cascade laser.

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    Hasenkampf, Anton; Kröger, Niels; Schönhals, Arthur; Petrich, Wolfgang; Pucci, Annemarie

    2015-03-01

    We report on the successful measurement of surface-enhanced infrared vibrational spectra from a few nanometer thick organic semiconductor layers on samples with resonant plasmonic nanoantennas arranged in arrays. For the first time, a setup with a tunable quantum cascade laser as the light source in mid-infrared range is used. The combination of the quantum cascade laser with a microbolometer array for infrared light allows to map an area 2.8 × 3.1 mm(2) with a spatial resolution of about 9 μm, a bandwidth from 1170 to 1300 cm(-1), and a spectral resolution of 2.5 cm(-1) within only five minutes versus 16 hours using a conventional FTIR micro-spectrometer. We present a quantitative comparison of the experimental results from the setup with the quantum cascade laser with those from the FTIR micro-spectrometer. PMID:25836797

  19. Experimental investigation of terahertz quantum cascade laser with variable barrier heights

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    Jiang, Aiting; Vijayraghavan, Karun; Belkin, Mikhail A., E-mail: mbelkin@ece.utexas.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78758 (United States); Matyas, Alpar; Jirauschek, Christian [Institute for Nanoelectronics, Technische Universität München, D-80333 Munich (Germany); Wasilewski, Zbig R. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G (Canada)

    2014-04-28

    We report an experimental study of terahertz quantum cascade lasers with variable barrier heights based on the Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1–x}As/GaAs material system. Two new designs are developed based on semiclassical ensemble Monte Carlo simulations using state-of-the-art Al{sub 0.15}Ga{sub 0.85}As/GaAs three-quantum-well resonant phonon depopulation active region design as a reference. The new designs achieved maximum lasing temperatures of 188 K and 172 K, as compared to the maximum lasing temperature of 191 K for the reference structure. These results demonstrate that terahertz quantum cascade laser designs with variable barrier heights provide a viable alternative to the traditional active region designs with fixed barrier composition. Additional design space offered by using variable barriers may lead to future improvements in the terahertz quantum cascade laser performance.

  20. Experimental investigation of terahertz quantum cascade laser with variable barrier heights

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    We report an experimental study of terahertz quantum cascade lasers with variable barrier heights based on the AlxGa1–xAs/GaAs material system. Two new designs are developed based on semiclassical ensemble Monte Carlo simulations using state-of-the-art Al0.15Ga0.85As/GaAs three-quantum-well resonant phonon depopulation active region design as a reference. The new designs achieved maximum lasing temperatures of 188 K and 172 K, as compared to the maximum lasing temperature of 191 K for the reference structure. These results demonstrate that terahertz quantum cascade laser designs with variable barrier heights provide a viable alternative to the traditional active region designs with fixed barrier composition. Additional design space offered by using variable barriers may lead to future improvements in the terahertz quantum cascade laser performance

  1. Design of two-dimensional photonic crystal defect states for quantum cascade laser resonators

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    Srinivasan, K; Srinivasan, Kartik; Painter, Oskar

    2004-01-01

    Current quantum cascade lasers based upon conduction band electron transitions are predominantly TM (electrical field normal to the epitaxial direction) polarized. Here we present a study of localized defect modes, with the requisite TM polarization, in connected square and hexagonal lattice two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystals for application as quantum cascade laser resonators. A simple group-theory based analysis is used to produce an approximate description of the resonant modes supported by defects situated at different high symmetry points within the host photonic lattice. The results of this analysis are compared with 2D finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations, showing a close correspondence between the two analyses, and potential applications of the analysis in quantum cascade laser design are considered.

  2. Transoral laser resections of oral cavity and oropharyngeal tumors

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    M. V. Bolotin

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck remains high and ranks tenth in the structure of overall cancer morbidity. Surgical radicality has remained one of the major determinants of the long-term results of treatment so far. In the period December 2014 to January 2016, our clinic performed surgical interventions as transoral laser oral cavity and oropharyngeal resections using carbon dioxide (CO2 laser in 34 patients. Tumors are most commonly located in the area of the tongue root and oropharynx in 16 (47.1 % patients, tongue (its anterior two thirds in 14 (41.2 %, and mouth floor in 4 (11.7 %. The average length of hospital stay after transoral laser resections was 10.14 days. A nasogastric tube was postoperatively placed in 6 (17.6 % patients for 8 to 17 days. According to the results of planned histological examination, surgical interventions were microscopically radical in all cases. Transoral CO2 laser resections make possible to perform rather large radical surgical interventions with a satisfactory functional and cosmetic results, without deteriorating the long-term results of treatment. 

  3. A Step Tunable External Cavity Semiconductor Laser for WDM Network Deployment

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    2003-01-01

    We put forward a kind of tunable external cavity semiconductor laser with feedback on both chip facets. It outputs the single-frequency laser with high side-mode suppression ratio and the frequency could be step tuned.

  4. Laser Apparatus with Cascade of Nonlinear Frequency Mixers

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    2015-01-01

    combine the first and second laser beams into a combined initial laser beam comprising at least a frequency component having the first frequency, and a frequency component having the second frequency one or more nonlinear frequency mixers operable to perform a frequency mixing process of a frequency...... component having the first frequency and a frequency component having the second frequency and resulting in at least a frequency component having a third frequency equal to a sum or difference of the first and second frequencies wherein the laser apparatus is configured to direct the combined initial laser......A laser apparatus comprising: a first laser source operable to generate a first laser beam having a least a beam component having a first frequency a second laser source operable to generate a second laser beam having a least a beam component having a second frequency a beam combiner operable to...

  5. A Sulfur Hexafluoride Sensor Using Quantum Cascade and CO2 Laser-Based Photoacoustic Spectroscopy

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    Helion Vargas

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The increase in greenhouse gas emissions is a serious environmental problem and has stimulated the scientific community to pay attention to the need for detection and monitoring of gases released into the atmosphere. In this regard, the development of sensitive and selective gas sensors has been the subject of several research programs. An important greenhouse gas is sulphur hexafluoride, an almost non-reactive gas widely employed in industrial processes worldwide. Indeed it is estimated that it has a radiative forcing of 0.52 W/m2. This work compares two photoacoustic spectrometers, one coupled to a CO2 laser and another one coupled to a Quantum Cascade (QC laser, for the detection of SF6. The laser photoacoustic spectrometers described in this work have been developed for gas detection at small concentrations. Detection limits of 20 ppbv for CO2 laser and 50 ppbv for quantum cascade laser were obtained.

  6. Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Quantum Cascade Lasers operated in Pulsed Mode

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    Full text: Time-resolved spectroscopy with pump-probe technique is a good instrument for analyzing physical processes and material properties in quantum cascade lasers. This method was used for the characterization of lasers in continuous wave. Whereas pulsed operated laser are subject to permanent changes in their working point and thus their optical properties. In our work we present an adapted version of this measurement technique capable to study pulsed operated lasers. By synchronizing pump current and sampling we can acquire the pump pulses in narrow time slots (∼20 ns) where we assume constant working conditions. This novel measurement technique gives us the possibility to gather more accurate data including gain, phase, refractive index and calculate the temperature behaviour of quantum cascade lasers. (author)

  7. A Sulfur Hexafluoride Sensor Using Quantum Cascade and CO2 Laser-Based Photoacoustic Spectroscopy

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    Rocha, Mila; Sthel, Marcelo; Lima, Guilherme; da Silva, Marcelo; Schramm, Delson; Miklós, András; Vargas, Helion

    2010-01-01

    The increase in greenhouse gas emissions is a serious environmental problem and has stimulated the scientific community to pay attention to the need for detection and monitoring of gases released into the atmosphere. In this regard, the development of sensitive and selective gas sensors has been the subject of several research programs. An important greenhouse gas is sulphur hexafluoride, an almost non-reactive gas widely employed in industrial processes worldwide. Indeed it is estimated that it has a radiative forcing of 0.52 W/m2. This work compares two photoacoustic spectrometers, one coupled to a CO2 laser and another one coupled to a Quantum Cascade (QC) laser, for the detection of SF6. The laser photoacoustic spectrometers described in this work have been developed for gas detection at small concentrations. Detection limits of 20 ppbv for CO2 laser and 50 ppbv for quantum cascade laser were obtained. PMID:22163412

  8. Quantum cascade laser: a compact, low cost, solid-state source for plasma diagnostics

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    Quantum cascade lasers (QCL) are unipolar injection lasers based on intersubband transitions in a modular semiconductor heterostructure. The first THz QCL, operating at 67 μm (4.3 THz), was demonstrated in 2002; the wavelength range now extends beyond 250 μm (1.2 THz) and is entering the sub-terahertz frequency range for devices operated in external magnetic field. Although a number of different quantum designs have been demonstrated, increasing the operating temperature remains a major challenge: the maximum temperature is still ∼ 195 K, and recently approached 225 K in high magnetic fields. Nevertheless, compact continuous wave systems operating within Sterling coolers already ensure ample portability and turn-key operation and QCLs represent then the THz solid-state radiation source that actually shows the best performance in terms of optical output power, which can reach more than 100 mW average, and linewidth, typically in the tens of kHz for single mode devices. THz QCLs have then a realistic chance to deeply impact technological applications such as process monitoring, security controls, and bio-medical diagnostics. They are ideally suited though for plasma polarimetry and interferometry, thanks to their high polarization selectivity, excellent stability and ruggedness, and ease of high-speed modulation. Their compact size and monolithic cavity arrangement allows placement in the very proximity of the plasma to be monitored, easing requirements of stability against vibrations etc. Furthermore, the long coherence lengths should be easily compatible with interferometric arms of even very different lengths, a geometry ideal for coupling to a plasma reactor. The possibility of direct current modulation at MHz if not GHz frequencies ensures then an excellent temporal resolution of the meaurements, and a large low-frequency noise rejection. New analysis schemes also become feasible, for instance employing two-color lasers, operating at the same time at two

  9. Quantum cascade laser: a compact, low cost, solid-state source for plasma diagnostics

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    Mahler, L.; Tredicucci, A.; Vitiello, M. S.

    2012-02-01

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCL) are unipolar injection lasers based on intersubband transitions in a modular semiconductor heterostructure. The first THz QCL, operating at 67 μm (4.3 THz), was demonstrated in 2002; the wavelength range now extends beyond 250 μm (1.2 THz) and is entering the sub-terahertz frequency range for devices operated in external magnetic field. Although a number of different quantum designs have been demonstrated, increasing the operating temperature remains a major challenge: the maximum temperature is still ~ 195 K, and recently approached 225 K in high magnetic fields. Nevertheless, compact continuous wave systems operating within Sterling coolers already ensure ample portability and turn-key operation and QCLs represent then the THz solid-state radiation source that actually shows the best performance in terms of optical output power, which can reach more than 100 mW average, and linewidth, typically in the tens of kHz for single mode devices. THz QCLs have then a realistic chance to deeply impact technological applications such as process monitoring, security controls, and bio-medical diagnostics. They are ideally suited though for plasma polarimetry and interferometry, thanks to their high polarization selectivity, excellent stability and ruggedness, and ease of high-speed modulation. Their compact size and monolithic cavity arrangement allows placement in the very proximity of the plasma to be monitored, easing requirements of stability against vibrations etc. Furthermore, the long coherence lengths should be easily compatible with interferometric arms of even very different lengths, a geometry ideal for coupling to a plasma reactor. The possibility of direct current modulation at MHz if not GHz frequencies ensures then an excellent temporal resolution of the meaurements, and a large low-frequency noise rejection. New analysis schemes also become feasible, for instance employing two-color lasers, operating at the same time at two

  10. QED cascade induced by high energy $\\gamma$ photon in strong laser field

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    Tang, Suo; Wang, Hong-Yu; Xie, Bai-Song

    2013-01-01

    The QED cascade induced by the two counter-propagating lasers is studied. It is demonstrated that the probability of a seed-photon to create a pair is much larger than that of a seed-electron. By analyzing the dynamic characteristics of the electron and positron created by the seed-photon, it is found that the created particles are more probable to emit photons than the seed-electron. With these result, further more, we also demonstrate that the QED cascade can be easier to be triggered by the seed-photon than by the seed-electron with the same incident energy and the same laser.

  11. Observing the intrinsic linewidth of a quantum-cascade laser: beyond the Schawlow-Townes limit

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    Bartalini, S; Cancio, P; Castrillo, A; Galli, I; Giusfredi, G; Mazzotti, D; Gianfrani, L; De Natale, P

    2009-01-01

    A comprehensive investigation of the frequency-noise spectral density of a free-running mid-infrared quantum-cascade laser is presented for the first time. It provides direct evidence of the leveling of this noise down to a white noise plateau, corresponding to an intrinsic linewidth of a few hundred Hz. The experiment is in agreement with the most recent theory on the fundamental mechanism of line broadening in quantum-cascade lasers which predicts, for their intrinsic linewidth, a narrowing beyond the Schawlow-Townes formula.

  12. Distributed feedback terahertz frequency quantum cascade lasers with dual periodicity gratings

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    We have developed terahertz frequency quantum cascade lasers that exploit a double-periodicity distributed feedback grating to control the emission frequency and the output beam direction independently. The spatial refractive index modulation of the gratings necessary to provide optical feedback at a fixed frequency, and simultaneously, a far-field emission pattern centered at controlled angles, was designed through use of an appropriate wavevector scattering model. Single mode terahertz (THz) emission at angles tuned by design between 0° and 50° was realized, leading to an original phase-matching approach for highly collimated THz quantum cascade lasers

  13. Observing the intrinsic linewidth of a quantum-cascade laser: beyond the Schawlow-Townes limit

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    Bartalini, S.; Borri, S.; P. CANCIO; Castrillo, A.; Galli, I.; Giusfredi, G.; Mazzotti, D.; Gianfrani, L.; Natale, P.

    2009-01-01

    A comprehensive investigation of the frequency-noise spectral density of a free-running mid-infrared quantum-cascade laser is presented for the first time. It provides direct evidence of the leveling of this noise down to a white noise plateau, corresponding to an intrinsic linewidth of a few hundred Hz. The experiment is in agreement with the most recent theory on the fundamental mechanism of line broadening in quantum-cascade lasers, which provides a new insight into the Schawlow-Townes for...

  14. Widely tunable linear-cavity multiwavelength fiber laser with distributed Brillouin scattering

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    M. Ajiya; M. H. Al-Mansoori; M. A. Mahdi

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate a multiple wavelength Brillouin/erbium fiber laser in a linear cavity configuration. The laser cavity is made up of a fiber loop mirror on one end of the resonator and a virtual mirror generated from the distributed stimulated Brillouin scattering effect on the other end. Due to the weak reflectivity provided by the virtual mirror, self-lasing cavity modes are completely suppressed from the laser cavity. At Brillouin pump and 1480-nm pump powers of 2 and 130 mW, respectively, 11 channels of the demonstrated laser with an average total power of 7.13 dBm can freely be tuned over a span of 37-nm wavelength from 1530 to 1567 nm.%@@ We demonstrate a multiple wavelength Brillouin/erbium fiber laser in a linear cavity configuration.The laser cavity is made up of a fiber loop mirror on one end of the resonator and a virtual mirror generated from the distributed stimulated Brillouin scattering effect on the other end.Due to the weak reflectivity provided by the virtual mirror, self-lasing cavity modes are completely suppressed from the laser cavity.At Brillouin pump and 1480-nm pump powers of 2 and 130 mW, respectively, 11 channels of the demonstrated laser with an average total power of 7.13 dBm can freely be tuned over a span of 37-nm wavelength from 1530 to 1567 nm.

  15. Mode-locked Pr3+-doped silica fiber laser with an external cavity

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    Shi, Yuan; Poulsen, Christian; Sejka, Milan;

    1994-01-01

    We present a Pr3+-doped silica-based fiber laser mode-locked by using a linear external cavity with a vibrating mirror. Stable laser pulses with a FWHM of less than 44 ps, peak power greater than 9 W, and repetition rate up to 100 MHz are obtained. The pulse width versus cavity mismatch ΔL and pump...

  16. From quantum cascade to super cascade laser a new laser design paradigm for broad spectral emission & a re-examination of current spreading

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    Le, Loan T.

    Over the span of more than 20 years of development, the Quantum Cascade (QC) laser has positioned itself as the most viable mid-infrared (mid-IR) light source. Today's QC lasers emit watts of continuous wave power at room temperature. Despite significant progress, the mid-IR region remains vastly under-utilized. State-of-the-art QC lasers are found in high power defense applications and detection of trace gases with narrow absorption lines. A large number of applications, however, do not require so much power, but rather, a broadly tunable laser source to detect molecules with broad absorption features. As such, a QC laser that is broadly tunable over the entire biochemical fingerprinting region remains the missing link to markets such as non- invasive biomedical diagnostics, food safety, and stand-off detection in turbid media. In this thesis, we detail how we utilized the inherent flexibility of the QC design space to conceive a new type of laser with the potential to bridge that missing link of the QC laser to large commercial markets. Our design concept, the Super Cascade (SC) laser, works contrary to conventional laser design principle by supporting multiple independent optical transitions, each contributing to broadening the gain spectrum. We have demonstrated a room temperature laser gain medium with electroluminescence spanning 3.3-12.5 ?m and laser emission from 6.2-12.5 ?m, the record spectral width for any solid state laser gain medium. This gain bandwidth covers the entire biochemical fingerprinting region. The achievement of such a spectrally broad gain medium presents engineering challenges of how to optimally utilize the bandwidth. As of this work, a monolithi- cally integrated array of Distributed Feedback QC (DFB-QC) lasers is one of the most promising ways to fully utilize the SC gain bandwidth. Therefore, in this thesis, we explore ways of improving the yield and ease of fabrication of DFB-QC lasers, including a re-examination of the role of

  17. Temperature dependence of electron transport on a bound-to-continuum terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    We investigate the temperature effects on electron transport in a bound-to-continuum terahertz quantum cascade laser using Monte Carlo simulation which includes electron–electron and electron–phonon scattering. The effects of carrier transport paths and mechanisms, especially for those related to laser levels, on the device's temperature performance are evaluated. The simulation shows that the parasitic leakage of carriers from the upper laser level and the thermal backfilling to the lower laser level is the main limiting factor for high-temperature operation. The calculations are in good agreement with experimental results

  18. Laser frequency stabilization to excited state transitions using electromagnetically induced transparency in a cascade system.

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    Abel, R.P.; Mohapatra, A. K.; Bason, M. G.; Pritchard, J D; Weatherill, K. J.; Raitzsch, U.; Adams, C. S.

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate laser frequency stabilization to excited state transitions using cascade electromagnetically induced transparency. Using a room temperature Rb vapor cell as a reference, we stabilize a first diode laser to the D2 transition and a second laser to a transition from the intermediate 5P3/2 state to a highly excited state with principal quantum number n = 19–70. A combined laser linewidth of 280±50 kHz over a 100 μs time period is achieved. This method may be applied generally to an...

  19. Submegahertz frequency stabilization of a terahertz quantum cascade laser to a molecular absorption line

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    Richter, Heiko; Pavlov, Sergei G.; Semenov, A. D.; Mahler, L.; Tredicucci, A.; Beere, H.E.; Ritchie, D. A.; Hübers, H. -W.

    2010-01-01

    The frequency of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser is stabilized to the absorption line of methanol gas at a frequency of 2.55 THz. The method is based on frequency modulation of the laser emissionm across the absorption line. The resulting derivativelike signal is used as an error signal for a control loop that keeps the laser frequency at maximum absorption. The unstabilized laser that is operated in a pulse tube cooler has frequency fluctuations of 15 MHz, which are reduced to 300 kHz with...

  20. Vertical cavity surface-emitting semiconductor lasers with injection laser pumping

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    McDaniel, D. L., Jr.; McInerney, J. G.; Raja, M. Y. A.; Schaus, C. F.; Brueck, S. R. J.

    1990-05-01

    Continuous-wave GaAs/GaAlAs edge-emitting diode lasers were used to pump GaAs/AlGaAs and InGaAs/AlGaAs vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with resonant periodic gain (RPG) at room temperature. Pump threshold as low as 11 mW, output powers as high as 27 mW at 850 nm, and external differential quantum efficiencies of about 70 percent were observed in GaAs/AlGaAs surface -emitters; spectral brightness 22 times that of the pump laser was also observed. Output powers as high as 85 mW at 950 nm and differential quantum efficiencies of up to 58 percent were recorded for the InGaAs surface-emitting laser. This is the highest quasi-CW output power ever reported for any RPG VCSEL, and the first time such a device has been pumped using an injection laser diode.

  1. Spectral gain profile of a multi-stack terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    The spectral gain of a multi-stack terahertz quantum cascade laser, composed of three active regions with emission frequencies centered at 2.3, 2.7, and 3.0 THz, is studied as a function of driving current and temperature using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The optical gain associated with the particular quantum cascade stacks clamps at different driving currents and saturates to different values. We attribute these observations to varying pumping efficiencies of the respective upper laser states and to frequency dependent optical losses. The multi-stack active region exhibits a spectral gain full width at half-maximum of 1.1 THz. Bandwidth and spectral position of the measured gain match with the broadband laser emission. As the laser action ceases with increasing operating temperature, the gain at the dominant lasing frequency of 2.65 THz degrades sharply

  2. Spectral gain profile of a multi-stack terahertz quantum cascade laser

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    Bachmann, D., E-mail: dominic.bachmann@tuwien.ac.at; Deutsch, C.; Krall, M.; Unterrainer, K.; Darmo, J. [Photonics Institute, Vienna University of Technology, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Vienna (Austria); Center for Micro- and Nanostructures, Vienna University of Technology, Floragasse 7, 1040 Vienna (Austria); Rösch, M.; Scalari, G.; Beck, M.; Faist, J. [Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1, 8093 Zürich (Switzerland)

    2014-11-03

    The spectral gain of a multi-stack terahertz quantum cascade laser, composed of three active regions with emission frequencies centered at 2.3, 2.7, and 3.0 THz, is studied as a function of driving current and temperature using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The optical gain associated with the particular quantum cascade stacks clamps at different driving currents and saturates to different values. We attribute these observations to varying pumping efficiencies of the respective upper laser states and to frequency dependent optical losses. The multi-stack active region exhibits a spectral gain full width at half-maximum of 1.1 THz. Bandwidth and spectral position of the measured gain match with the broadband laser emission. As the laser action ceases with increasing operating temperature, the gain at the dominant lasing frequency of 2.65 THz degrades sharply.

  3. Development of Novel Mid-Infrared Spectrometers Based on Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Wang, Yin

    Sensitive detection of trace gas molecules has various important applications in environmental science, medical diagnostics and homeland security. The invention of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) has triggered development of compact, efficient and highly sensitive mid-infrared (mid-IR) spectroscopic techniques. This dissertation is primarily focused on Faraday rotation spectroscopy (FRS) for detection of gas-phase radicals, and new methods to perform broadband, high-resolution mid-IR spectroscopy. The developed techniques allow the sensor to reach quantum limit in the real-world settings. The noise in traditional FRS systems is typically far above the quantum shot-noise due to the strong laser noise at its spectral base-band. Here, a method employing heterodyne-enhanced FRS (H-FRS) is developed. Through optical heterodyning, the signal is shifted from the low frequency to radio frequencies (RF), where the noise is strongly suppressed, allowing significant improvement of the signal-to-noise ratio. An experimental demonstration of H-FRS was performed using a distributed feedback QCL and a mercury-cadmium-telluride photodetector. The cryogen-free system exhibited the total noise of 3.7 times higher than the quantum shot-noise. The complex optical design of H-FRS limits its application only to laboratory conditions. To overcome this issue a dual modulation FRS method that requires much simpler set-up and is capable of even higher performance than H-FRS is proposed. A prototype was built as a robust transportable system and was delivered to Cleveland Clinic for the first, proof-of-principle isotopic studies of nitric oxide metabolism in human body. The total noise observed in this system is only two times higher than the quantum shot-noise. A laser testing system for optimizing QCL chips is developed. The system allows for automatic optical alignment and characterization of the QCL chips in an external cavity QCL configuration. Thus it significantly improves the data

  4. Fano-resonance boosted cascaded field enhancement in a plasmonic nanoparticle-in-cavity nanoantenna array and its SERS application

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    Zhu, Zhendong; You, Oubo; Li, Qunqing; Fan, Shoushan

    2015-01-01

    Cascaded optical field enhancement (CFE) can be realized in some specially designed multiscale plasmonic nanostructures, where the generation of extremely strong field at nanoscale volume is crucial for many applications, for example, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Here, we propose a strategy of realizing a high-quality plasmonic nanoparticle-in-cavity (PIC) nanoantenna array, where strong coupling between a nanoparticle dark mode with a high order nanocavity bright mode can produce Fano resonance at a target wavelength. The Fano resonance can effectively boost the CFE in the PIC, with a field enhancement factor up to 5X10^2. A cost-effective and reliable nanofabrication method is developed with room temperature nanoimprinting lithography to manufacture high-quality PIC arrays. This technique guarantees the generation of only one gold nanoparticle at the bottom of each nanocavity, which is crucial for the generation of the expected CFE. As a demonstration of the performance and application of the...

  5. Single transverse mode selectively oxidized vertical cavity lasers

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    CHOQUETTE,KENT D.; GEIB,KENT M.; BRIGGS,RONALD D.; ALLERMAN,ANDREW A.; HINDI,JANA JO

    2000-04-26

    Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) which operate in multiple transverse optical modes have been rapidly adopted into present data communication applications which rely on multi-mode optical fiber. However, operation only in the fundamental mode is required for free space interconnects and numerous other emerging VCSEL applications. Two device design strategies for obtaining single mode lasing in VCSELs based on mode selective loss or mode selective gain are reviewed and compared. Mode discrimination is attained with the use of a thick tapered oxide aperture positioned at a longitudinal field null. Mode selective gain is achieved by defining a gain aperture within the VCSEL active region to preferentially support the fundamental mode. VCSELs which exhibit greater than 3 mW of single mode output power at 850 nm with mode suppression ratio greater than 30 dB are reported.

  6. High temperature operation of short wavelength InAs-based quantum cascade lasers

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    LAFFAILLE P.; Moreno, J.C.; Teissier, R.; Bahriz, M.; Baranov, A. N.

    2012-01-01

    InAs/AlSb quantum cascade lasers emitting at 3.06 and 3.22 μm at room temperature has been studied. The lasers with high reflection coating on back facets operated in pulse mode up to 400 and 423 K, respectively. The obtained results showed no dramatic performance degradation of the InAs-based QCLs with decreasing emission wavelength down to 3 μm.

  7. Narrow-line phase-locked quantum cascade laser in the 9.2 micron range

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    Bielsa, F; Hilico, L; Karr, J P; Valenzuela, T; Bielsa, Franck; Douillet, Albane; Hilico, Laurent; Karr, Jean-Philippe; Valenzuela, Tristan

    2007-01-01

    We report on the operation of a 50 mW continuous wave quantum cascade laser (QCL) in the 9.2 micrometer range, phase locked to a single mode CO2 laser with a tunable frequency offset. The wide free running emission spectrum of the QCL (3-5 MHz) is strongly narrowed down to the kHz range making it suitable for high resolution molecular spectroscopy.

  8. Mode-locked terahertz quantum cascade laser by direct phase synchronization

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    Maussang, K.; Maysonnave, J.; Jukam, N.; Freeman, J. R.; Cavalié, P.; Dhillon, S. S.; Tignon, J. [Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain, Ecole Normale Supérieure, CNRS (UMR 8551), Université P. et M. Curie, Université D. Diderot, 75005 Paris (France); Khanna, S. P.; Linfield, E. H.; Davies, A. G. [School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds LS9 2JT (United Kingdom); Beere, H. E.; Ritchie, D. A. [University of Cambridge, Cavendish Lab, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom)

    2013-12-04

    Mode-locking of a terahertz quantum cascade laser is achieved using multimode injection seeding. Contrary to standard methods that rely on gain modulation, here a fixed phase relationship is directly imprinted to the laser modes. In this work, we demonstrate the generation of 9 ps phase mode-locked pulses around 2.75 THz. A direct measurement of the emitted field phase shows that it results from the phase of the initial injection.

  9. High power spatial single-mode quantum cascade lasers at 8.9 $\\mu$m

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    Forget, S; Bengloan, J Y; Calligaro, M; Parillaud, O; Giovannini, Massimo; Faist, J; Sirtori, C; Forget, Sebastien; Faugeras, Clement; Bengloan, Jean Yves; Calligaro, Michel; Parillaud, Olivier; Giovannini, Marcella; Faist, Jerome; Sirtori, Carlo

    2005-01-01

    High performance of InP-based quantum cascade lasers emitting at $\\lambda$ ~ 9$\\mu$m are reported. Thick electroplated gold layer was deposited on top of the laser to improve heat dissipation. With one facet high reflection coated, the devices produce a maximum output power of 175mW at 40% duty cycle at room temperature and continuous-wave operation up to 278K.

  10. Mode-locked terahertz quantum cascade laser by direct phase synchronization

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    Mode-locking of a terahertz quantum cascade laser is achieved using multimode injection seeding. Contrary to standard methods that rely on gain modulation, here a fixed phase relationship is directly imprinted to the laser modes. In this work, we demonstrate the generation of 9 ps phase mode-locked pulses around 2.75 THz. A direct measurement of the emitted field phase shows that it results from the phase of the initial injection

  11. Narrow-line phase-locked quantum cascade laser in the 9.2 micron range

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    Bielsa, Franck; Douillet, Albane; Valenzuela, Tristan; Karr, Jean-Philippe; Hilico, Laurent

    2007-01-01

    We report on the operation of a 50~mW continuous wave quantum cascade laser (QCL) in the 9.2 micrometer range, phase locked to a single mode CO2 laser with a tunable frequency offset. The wide free running emission spectrum of the QCL (3-5~MHz) is strongly narrowed down to the kHz range making it suitable for high resolution molecular spectroscopy.

  12. Laser-induced autofluorescence of oral cavity hard tissues

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    Borisova, E. G.; Uzunov, Tz. T.; Avramov, L. A.

    2007-03-01

    In current study oral cavity hard tissues autofluorescence was investigated to obtain more complete picture of their optical properties. As an excitation source nitrogen laser with parameters - 337,1 nm, 14 μJ, 10 Hz (ILGI-503, Russia) was used. In vitro spectra from enamel, dentine, cartilage, spongiosa and cortical part of the periodontal bones were registered using a fiber-optic microspectrometer (PC2000, "Ocean Optics" Inc., USA). Gingival fluorescence was also obtained for comparison of its spectral properties with that of hard oral tissues. Samples are characterized with significant differences of fluorescence properties one to another. It is clearly observed signal from different collagen types and collagen-cross links with maxima at 385, 430 and 480-490 nm. In dentine are observed only two maxima at 440 and 480 nm, related also to collagen structures. In samples of gingival and spongiosa were observed traces of hemoglobin - by its re-absorption at 545 and 575 nm, which distort the fluorescence spectra detected from these anatomic sites. Results, obtained in this study are foreseen to be used for development of algorithms for diagnosis and differentiation of teeth lesions and other problems of oral cavity hard tissues as periodontitis and gingivitis.

  13. A tunable cavity-locked diode laser source for terahertz photomixing

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    Matsuura, Shuji; Chen, Pin; Blake, Geoffrey A.; Pearson, John C.; Pickett, Herbert M.

    2000-01-01

    An all solid-state approach to the precise frequency synthesis and control of widely tunable terahertz radiation by differencing continuous-wave diode lasers at 850 nm is reported in this paper. The difference frequency is synthesized by three fiber-coupled external-cavity laser diodes. Two of the lasers are Pound-Drever-Hall locked to different orders of a Fabry-Perot (FP) cavity, and the third is offset-frequency locked to the second of the cavity-locked lasers using a tunable microwave osc...

  14. Cavity-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Natural Gas with Optical Feedback cw-Diode Lasers

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    Hippler, M

    2015-01-01

    We report on improvements made on our previously introduced technique of cavity-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (CERS) with optical feedback cw-diode lasers in the gas phase, including a new mode-matching procedure which keeps the laser in resonance with the optical cavity without inducing long-term frequency shifts of the laser, and using a new CCD camera with improved noise performance. With 10 mW of 636.2 nm diode laser excitation and 30 s integration time, cavity enhancement achieves noise-eq...

  15. Design of a stacked diode array pumped Yb:YAG laser with a diffusive optical cavity

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    A stacked diode array pumped Yb:YAG laser is designed using a five-fold symmetric diffusive optical cavity. By using a ray-tracing method, we analyzed numerically the absorbed pump power distribution, the absorbed pump power, and the threshold power for the various radii of the laser crystal and the optical cavity, and the doping rates of the laser crystal. Based upon these analyses, we found that the design of a highly efficient diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser is possible with the five-fold symmetric diffusive optical cavity. TYhe optimum absorption efficiency was 59.2%

  16. Applications of cw quantum cascade laser near 8 μm in gas sensing research

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    Sajid, Muhammad Bilal

    2014-01-01

    Quantum cascade laser based sensors operating near 8 μm to detect H2O2, C2H2, CH4, N2O and H2O are discussed and demonstrated for applications in chemical kinetics, combustion and spectroscopic measurements.

  17. Application of step-scan FTIR to the research of quantum cascade lasers

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    Junqi Liu; Xiuzhen Lu; Yu Guo; Xiuqi Huang; Xiaoling Che; Wen Lei; Fengqi Liu

    2005-01-01

    The principle of step-scan Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is introduced. Double modulation step-scan FTIR technique is used to obtain the quantum cascade laser's stacked emission spectra in the time domain. Optical property and thermal accumulation of devices due to large drive current are analyzed.

  18. Integrated patch and slot array antenna for terahertz quantum cascade lasers at 4.7 THz

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    Bonzon, C., E-mail: bonzonc@phys.ethz.ch; Benea Chelmus, I. C.; Ohtani, K.; Geiser, M.; Beck, M.; Faist, J. [Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH-Zürich, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland)

    2014-04-21

    Our work presents a slot and a patch array antenna at the front facet of a 4.7 THz quantum cascade laser as extractor, decreasing the facet reflectivity down to 2.6%. The resulting output power increases by a factor 2 and the slope efficiency by a factor 4. The simulated and the measured far-fields are in good agreement.

  19. A mini-staged multi-stacked quantum cascade laser for improved optical and thermal performance

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    In this paper, a mini-staged multi-stacked quantum cascade laser structure with a designed wavelength of 4.7 µm is presented. By introducing five 0.5 µm thick high thermal conductivity InP interbuffer layers, the 60-stages active region core of the quantum cascade laser is divided into six equal parts. Based on simulation, this kind of quantum cascade laser with a 10 µm ridge width gives nearly circular two-dimensional far-field distribution (FWHM = 32.8° × 29°) and good beam quality parameters M2 = 1.32 × 1.31 in the fast axis (growth direction) and the slow axis (lateral direction). Due to the enhancement of lateral heat extraction through the interbuffer layers, compared to the conventional structure, a decrease of about 5–6% for the maximum temperature in the active region core of the mini-staged multi-stacked quantum cascade laser with indium-surrounded and gold-electroplated packaging profiles is obtained at all possible dissipated electrical power levels

  20. Cocaine detection in liquid using a fibred platform and mid-infrared quantum cascade laser

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    Smolik, Grégoire Maxime; Hvozdara, Lubos; Di Francesco, Joab; Jouy, P.; Bonetti, Y.; Hans, K.; Sigrist, W.; Herzig, Hans Peter

    2014-01-01

    A miniaturized, trace level sensor for cocaine is presented. A quantum cascade laser emitting at 1720 cm-1 is coupled to a fibred absorption flow-cell. A detection limit lower than 250 ng/mL (84 ppb) is reported.

  1. A quantum cascade laser based on an n-i-p-i superlattice

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    Faist, Jérôme; Müller, Antoine; Beck, Mattias; Hofstetter, Daniel; Blaser, Stéphane; Oesterle, Ursula; Ilegems, Marc

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate a quantum cascade laser with a novel injection concept. Periodic insertion of silicon- and beryllium-doped layers are used to control locally the internal electric field in the active region. This concept is demonstrated experimentally using an active region based on a periodic superlattice.

  2. A tunable single-mode double-ring quantum-cascade laser

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    The design, fabrication and characterization of a monolithic double-ring quantum- cascade laser (DRQCL) are described. At a wavelength of 4.6 µm, we demonstrate tunable, single-mode operation of a DRQCL and use it as a source for spectroscopy of CO gas. (paper)

  3. Cascaded quadratic soliton compression of high-power femtosecond fiber lasers in Lithium Niobate crystals

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    Bache, Morten; Moses, Jeffrey; Wise, Frank W.

    2008-01-01

    The output of a high-power femtosecond fiber laser is typically 300 fs with a wavelength around $\\lambda=1030-1060$ nm. Our numerical simulations show that cascaded quadratic soliton compression in bulk LiNbO$_3$ can compress such pulses to below 100 fs....

  4. Single-mode interband cascade laser sources for mid-infrared spectroscopic applications

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    Scheuermann, J.; von Edlinger, M.; Weih, R.; Becker, S.; Nähle, L.; Fischer, M.; Koeth, J.; Kamp, M.; Höfling, S.

    2016-05-01

    Compared to the near infrared, many technologically and industrially relevant gas species have more than an order of magnitude higher absorption features in the mid-infrared (MIR) wavelength range. These species include for example important hydrocarbons (methane, acetylene), nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. Tunable laser absorption spectroscopy (TLAS) has proven to be a versatile tool for gas sensing applications with significant advantages compared to other techniques. These advantages include real time measurement, standoff detection and ruggedness of the sensor. We present interband cascade lasers (ICLs), which have evolved into important laser sources for the MIR spectral range from 3 to 7 μm. ICLs achieve high efficiency by cascading optically active zones whilst using interband transitions, so they combine common diode laser as well as quantum cascade laser based technologies. Our application grade singlemode distributed feedback devices operate continuous wave at room temperature and are offering several features especially useful for high performance TLAS applications like: side mode suppression ratio of > 30 dB, continuous tuning ranges up to 30 nm, low threshold power densities and low overall power consumption. The devices are typically integrated in a thermoelectrically cooled TO-style package, hermetically sealed using a cap with anti-reflection coated window. This low power consumption as well as the compact size and ruggedness of the fabricated laser sources makes them perfectly suited for battery powered portable solutions for in field spectroscopy applications.

  5. Propene concentration sensing for combustion gases using quantum-cascade laser absorption near 11 μm

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    Chrystie, Robin

    2015-05-29

    We report on a strategy to measure, in situ, the concentration of propene (C3H6) in combustion gases using laser absorption spectroscopy. Pyrolysis of n-butane was conducted in a shock tube, in which the resultant gases were probed using an extended cavity quantum-cascade laser. A differential absorption approach using online and offline wavelengths near λ = 10.9 μm enabled discrimination of propene, cancelling the effects of spectral interference from the simultaneous presence of intermediate hydrocarbon species during combustion. Such interference-free measurements were facilitated by exploiting the =C–H bending mode characteristic to alkenes (olefins). It was confirmed, for intermediate species present during pyrolysis of n-butane, that their absorption cross sections were the same magnitude for both online and offline wavelengths. Hence, this allowed time profiles of propene concentration to be measured during pyrolysis of n-butane in a shock tube. Time profiles of propene subsequent to a passing shock wave exhibit trends similar to that predicted by the well-established JetSurF 1.0 chemical kinetic mechanism, albeit lower by a factor of two. Such a laser diagnostic is a first step to experimentally determining propene in real time with sufficient time resolution, thus aiding the refinement and development of chemical kinetic models for combustion. © 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

  6. Propene concentration sensing for combustion gases using quantum-cascade laser absorption near 11 μm

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    Chrystie, Robin S. M.; Nasir, Ehson F.; Farooq, Aamir

    2015-08-01

    We report on a strategy to measure, in situ, the concentration of propene (C3H6) in combustion gases using laser absorption spectroscopy. Pyrolysis of n-butane was conducted in a shock tube, in which the resultant gases were probed using an extended cavity quantum-cascade laser. A differential absorption approach using online and offline wavelengths near λ = 10.9 μm enabled discrimination of propene, cancelling the effects of spectral interference from the simultaneous presence of intermediate hydrocarbon species during combustion. Such interference-free measurements were facilitated by exploiting the =C-H bending mode characteristic to alkenes (olefins). It was confirmed, for intermediate species present during pyrolysis of n-butane, that their absorption cross sections were the same magnitude for both online and offline wavelengths. Hence, this allowed time profiles of propene concentration to be measured during pyrolysis of n-butane in a shock tube. Time profiles of propene subsequent to a passing shock wave exhibit trends similar to that predicted by the well-established JetSurF 1.0 chemical kinetic mechanism, albeit lower by a factor of two. Such a laser diagnostic is a first step to experimentally determining propene in real time with sufficient time resolution, thus aiding the refinement and development of chemical kinetic models for combustion.

  7. Mode locking of Yb:GdYAG ceramic lasers with an isotropic cavity

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    We report on the passive mode locking of a diode pumped Yb:GdYAG ceramic laser with a near isotropic cavity. It is found that the laser could simultaneously mode lock in the two orthogonal principal polarization directions of the cavity, and the mode locked pulses of the two polarizations have identical features and are temporally perfectly synchronized. However, their pulse energy varies out-of-phase periodically, manifesting the antiphase dynamics of mode locked lasers. (letter)

  8. Theory of non-Markovian decay of a cascade atom in high-Q cavities and photonic band gap materials

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    The dynamics of a three-level atom in a cascade configuration with both transitions coupled to a single structured reservoir of quantized field modes is treated using Laplace transform methods applied to the coupled amplitude equations. Results are also obtained from master equations by two different approaches, that is, involving either pseudomodes or quasimodes. Two different types of reservoir are considered, namely a high-Q cavity and a photonic band gap system, in which the respective reservoir structure functions involve Lorentzians. Non-resonant transitions are included in the model. In all cases non-Markovian behaviour for the atomic system can be found, such as oscillatory decay for the high-Q cavity case and population trapping for the photonic band gap case. In the master equation approaches, the atomic system is augmented by a small number of pseudomodes or quasimodes, which in the quasimode approach themselves undergo Markovian relaxation into a flat reservoir of continuum quasimodes. Results from these methods are found to be identical to those from the Laplace transform method including two-photon excitation of the reservoir with both emitting sequences. This shows that complicated non-Markovian decays of an atomic system into structured EM field reservoirs can be described by Markovian models for the atomic system coupled to a small number of pseudomodes or quasimodes

  9. Discrete cavity model of a standing-wave free-electron laser

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    A standing-wave free-electron laser (SWFEL) has been proposed for use in a two-beam accelerator (TBA). Unlike a conventional microwave free-electron laser, the SWFEL has a wiggler that is divided by irises into a series of standing-wave cavities, and the beam is reaccelerated by induction cells between cavities. We introduce a one-dimensional discrete-cavity model of the SWFEL. In contrast to the continuum model that has been extensively used to study the device, the new model takes into account time-of-flight effects within the cavity and applies the reacceleration field only between cavities, where the pondermotive force is absent. As in previous SWFEL models, only a single frequency is considered. Using this model, effects of finite cavity length are investigated. For moderately long cavities, it is shown that there are no adverse effects on the phase stability of the device. 4 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  10. Porous waveguide facilitated low divergence quantum cascade laser*

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    Yin Wen; Lu Quanyong; Liu Wannfeng; Zhang Jinchuan; Wang Lijun; Liu Junqi; Li Lu; Liu Fengqi; Wang Zhanguo

    2011-01-01

    A quantum cscade laser with a porous waveguide structure emitting at 4.5 μm is reported. A branchlike porous structure filled with metal material was fabricated on both sides of the laser ridge by an electrochemical etching process. In contrast to the common ridge waveguide laser, devices with a porous structure give rather better beam quality. Utilizing this porous structure as a high-order mode absorber, the device exhibited fundamental transverse mode emission with a nearly diffraction limited far-field beam divergence angle of 4.9°.

  11. Research data supporting "Hyperuniform disordered terahertz quantum cascade laser"

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    Degl'Innocenti, Riccardo; Shah, Yash D.; Masini, Luca; Ronzani, Alberto; Pitanti, Alessandro; Ren, Yuan; Jessop, David S.; Tredicucci, Alessandro; Beere, Harvey E.; Ritchie, David A.

    2015-01-01

    This article results from the collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. The simulations/measurements have been performed/collected discontinuously over a period of a few years. 3 folders Farfields: -.png files of the simulations -farfields.opj (origin) containing the simulated far-field profiles and the measured ones -measured far field profiles in different biasing conditions Lasers: -Self explanatatory opj files of the hyperuniform laser and oth...

  12. Efficient dielectric metasurface collimating lenses for mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers

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    Arbabi, Amir; Briggs, Ryan M.; Horie, Yu; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-12-01

    Light emitted from single-mode semiconductor lasers generally has large divergence angles, and high numerical aperture lenses are required for beam collimation. Visible and near infrared lasers are collimated using aspheric glass or plastic lenses, yet collimation of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers typically requires more costly aspheric lenses made of germanium, chalcogenide compounds, or other infrared-transparent materials. Here we report mid-infrared dielectric metasurface flat lenses that efficiently collimate the output beam of single-mode quantum cascade lasers. The metasurface lenses are composed of amorphous silicon posts on a flat sapphire substrate and can be fabricated at low cost using a single step conventional UV binary lithography. Mid-infrared radiation from a 4.8 $\\mu$m distributed-feedback quantum cascade laser is collimated using a polarization insensitive metasurface lens with 0.86 numerical aperture and 79% transmission efficiency. The collimated beam has a half divergence angle of 0.36$^\\circ$ and beam quality factor of $M^2$=1.02.

  13. Magnetic-Field-Assisted Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Operating up to 225 K

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    Wade, A.; Fedorov, G.; Smirnov, D.; Kumar, S.; Williams, B. S.; Hu, Q.; Reno, J. L.

    2008-01-01

    Advances in semiconductor bandgap engineering have resulted in the recent development of the terahertz quantum cascade laser1. These compact optoelectronic devices now operate in the frequency range 1.2-5 THz, although cryogenic cooling is still required2.3. Further progress towards the realization of devices operating at higher temperatures and emitting at longer wavelengths (sub-terahertz quantum cascade lasers) is difficult because it requires maintaining a population inversion between closely spaced electronic sub-bands (1 THz approx. equals 4 meV). Here, we demonstrate a magnetic-field-assisted quantum cascade laser based on the resonant-phonon design. By applying appropriate electrical bias and strong magnetic fields above 16 T, it is possible to achieve laser emission from a single device over a wide range of frequencies (0.68-3.33 THz). Owing to the suppression of inter-landau-level non-radiative scattering, the device shows magnetic field assisted laser action at 1 THz at temperatures up to 215 K, and 3 THz lasing up to 225 K.

  14. Quantum cascade laser frequency stabilization at the sub-Hz level

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    Argence, Bérengère; Chanteau, Bruno; Lopez, Olivier; Nicolodi, Daniele; Abgrall, Michel; Chardonnet, Christian; Daussy, Christophe; Darquié, Benoît; Le Coq, Yann; Amy-Klein, Anne

    2015-07-01

    High-precision measurements with molecules may refine our knowledge of various fields of physics, from atmospheric and interstellar physics to the standard model or physics beyond it. Most of them can be cast as absorption frequency measurements, particularly in the mid-infrared ‘molecular fingerprint’ region, creating the need for narrow-linewidth lasers of well-controlled frequency. Quantum cascade lasers provide a wide spectral coverage anywhere in the mid-infrared, but show substantial free-running frequency fluctuations. Here, we demonstrate that the excellent stability and accuracy of an ultra-stable near-infrared laser, transferred from a metrological institute through a fibre link, can be copied to a quantum cascade laser using an optical frequency comb. The obtained relative stability and accuracy of 2 × 10-15 and 10-14 exceed those demonstrated so far with quantum cascade lasers by almost two orders of magnitude. This set-up enables us to measure molecular absorption frequencies with state-of-the-art uncertainties, confirming its potential for ultra-high-precision spectroscopy.

  15. Soliton-dark pulse pair formation in birefringent cavity fiber lasers through cross phase coupling.

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    Shao, Guodong; Song, Yufeng; Zhao, Luming; Shen, Deyuan; Tang, Dingyuan

    2015-10-01

    We report on the experimental observation of soliton-dark pulse pair formation in a birefringent cavity fiber laser. Temporal cavity solitons are formed in one polarization mode of the cavity. It is observed that associated with each of the cavity solitons a dark pulse is induced on the CW background of the orthogonal polarization mode. We show that the dark pulse formation is a result of the incoherent cross polarization coupling between the soliton and the CW beam and has a mechanism similar to that of the polarization domain formation observed in the fiber lasers. PMID:26480138

  16. A compact chaotic laser device with a two-dimensional external cavity structure

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    Sunada, Satoshi, E-mail: sunada@se.kanazawa-u.ac.jp; Adachi, Masaaki [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192 (Japan); Fukushima, Takehiro [Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Okayama Prefectural University, 111 Kuboki, Soja, Okayama 719-1197 (Japan); Shinohara, Susumu; Arai, Kenichi [NTT Communication Science Laboratories, NTT Corporation, 2-4 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0237 (Japan); Harayama, Takahisa [NTT Communication Science Laboratories, NTT Corporation, 2-4 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0237 (Japan); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Toyo University, 2100 Kujirai, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-8585 (Japan)

    2014-06-16

    We propose a compact chaotic laser device, which consists of a semiconductor laser and a two-dimensional (2D) external cavity for delayed optical feedback. The overall size of the device is within 230 μm × 1 mm. A long time delay sufficient for chaos generation can be achieved with the small area by the multiple reflections at the 2D cavity boundary, and the feedback strength is controlled by the injection current to the external cavity. We experimentally demonstrate that a variety of output properties, including chaotic output, can be selectively generated by controlling the injection current to the external cavity.

  17. III-V/SOI vertical cavity laser structure for 120 Gbit/s speed

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    Park, Gyeong Cheol; Xue, Weiqi; Mørk, Jesper;

    2015-01-01

    Ultrashort-cavity structure for III-V/SOI vertical cavity laser with light output into a Si waveguide is proposed, enabling 17 fJ/bit efficiency or 120 Gbit/s speed. Experimentally, 27-GHz bandwidth is demonstrated at 3.5 times of threshold. © 2015 OSA.......Ultrashort-cavity structure for III-V/SOI vertical cavity laser with light output into a Si waveguide is proposed, enabling 17 fJ/bit efficiency or 120 Gbit/s speed. Experimentally, 27-GHz bandwidth is demonstrated at 3.5 times of threshold. © 2015 OSA....

  18. A compact chaotic laser device with a two-dimensional external cavity structure

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    We propose a compact chaotic laser device, which consists of a semiconductor laser and a two-dimensional (2D) external cavity for delayed optical feedback. The overall size of the device is within 230 μm × 1 mm. A long time delay sufficient for chaos generation can be achieved with the small area by the multiple reflections at the 2D cavity boundary, and the feedback strength is controlled by the injection current to the external cavity. We experimentally demonstrate that a variety of output properties, including chaotic output, can be selectively generated by controlling the injection current to the external cavity.

  19. Rectified diode response of a multimode quantum cascade laser integrated terahertz transceiver.

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    Dyer, Gregory C; Norquist, Christopher D; Cich, Michael J; Grine, Albert D; Fuller, Charles T; Reno, John L; Wanke, Michael C

    2013-02-25

    We characterized the DC transport response of a diode embedded in a THz quantum cascade laser as the laser current was changed. The overall response is described by parallel contributions from the rectification of the laser field due to the non-linearity of the diode I-V and from thermally activated transport. Sudden jumps in the diode response when the laser changes from single mode to multi-mode operation, with no corresponding jumps in output power, suggest that the coupling between the diode and laser field depends on the spatial distribution of internal fields. The results demonstrate conclusively that the internal laser field couples directly to the integrated diode. PMID:23481934

  20. High duty cycle operation of quantum cascade lasers based on graded superlattice active regions

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    High duty cycle operation of quantum cascade superlattice lasers with graded superlattice active regions is investigated with the goal of achieving high average optical power. The optical output power increases with pulse width and decreases with heat sink temperature. This behavior is explained on the basis of the laser core temperature oscillations during the pulsed, high duty cycle operation. Between 175 and 325 K heat sink temperature, optimum duty cycles vary from 10% to 1% and average power levels vary from 50 to 1 mW for various lasers used in this study. [copyright] 2001 American Institute of Physics