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Demonstration of a quick process to achieve buried heterostructure quantum cascade laser leading to high power and wall plug efficiency
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Semiconductor Materials, HMA.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Semiconductor Materials, HMA. Epiclarus AB, Sweden.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Semiconductor Materials, HMA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8545-6546
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2014 (English)In: Optical Engineering: The Journal of SPIE, ISSN 0091-3286, E-ISSN 1560-2303, Vol. 53, no 8, 087104- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Together with the optimal basic design, buried heterostructure quantum cascade laser (BH-QCL) with semi-insulating regrowth offers a unique possibility to achieve an effective thermal dissipation and lateral single mode. We demonstrate here the realization of BH-QCLs with a single-step regrowth of highly resistive (>1 x 10(8) ohm . cm) semi-insulating InP: Fe in <45 min for the first time in a flexible hydride vapor phase epitaxy process for burying ridges etched down to 10 to 15 mu m depth, both with and without mask overhang. The fabricated BH-QCLs emitting at similar to 4.7 and similar to 5.5 mu m were characterized. 2-mm-long 5.5-mu m lasers with a ridge width of 17 to 22 mu m, regrown with mask overhang, exhibited no leakage current. Large width and high doping in the structure did not permit high current density for continuous wave (CW) operation. 5-mm-long 4.7-mu m BH-QCLs of ridge widths varying from 6 to 14 mu m regrown without mu mask overhang, besides being spatially monomode, TM00, exhibited wall plug efficiency (WPE) of similar to 8 to 9% with an output power of 1.5 to 2.5 W at room temperature and under CW operation. Thus, we demonstrate a quick, flexible, and single-step regrowth process with good planarization for realizing buried QCLs leading to monomode, high power, and high WPE.

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2014. Vol. 53, no 8, 087104- p.
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buried heterostructure quantum cascade lasers, high-power, high wall plug efficiency quantum cascade laser, hydride vapor phase epitaxy regrowth
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150934DOI: 10.1117/1.OE.53.8.087104ISI: 000341195300052Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84904759280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-150934DiVA: diva2:746206
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 317884
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QC 20140912. Updated from manuscript to published article. Previous title "Demonstration of a quick process to achieve buried heterostructure QCL leading to high power and wall plug efficiency".

Available from: 2014-09-12 Created: 2014-09-11 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. New Methods in the growth of InP on Si and Regrowth of Semi-insulating InP for Photonic Devices
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New Methods in the growth of InP on Si and Regrowth of Semi-insulating InP for Photonic Devices
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis addresses new methods in the growth of indium phosphide on silicon for enabling silicon photonics and nano photonics as well as efficient and cost-effective solar cells. It also addresses the renewal of regrowth of semi-insulating indium phosphide for realizing buried heterostructure quantum cascade lasers with high power and wall plug efficiency for sensing applications.

As regards indium phosphide on silicon, both crystalline and polycrystalline growth methods are investigated. The crystalline growth methods are: (i) epitaxial lateral overgrowth to realize large area InP on Si, for silicon photonics (ii) a modified epitaxial lateral overgrowth method, called corrugated epitaxial lateral overgrowth, to obtain indium phosphide/silicon heterointerface for efficient and cost effective solar cells and (iii) selective growth of nanopyramidal frusta on silicon for nanophotonics. The polycrystalline growth method on silicon for low cost solar cell fabrication has been realized via (i) phosphidisation of indium oxide coating synthesized from solution chemistry and (ii) phosphidisation cum growth on indium metal on silicon. All our studies involve growth, growth analysis and characterization of all the above crystalline and polycrystalline layers and structures.

After taking into account the identified defect filtering mechanisms, we have implemented means of obtaining good optical quality crystalline layers and structures in our epitaxial growth methods. We have also identified feasible causes for the persistence of certain defects such as stacking faults. The novel methods of realizing indium phosphide/silicon heterointerface and nanopyramidal frusta of indium phosphide on silicon are particularly attractive for several applications other than the ones mentioned here.

Both the polycrystalline indium phosphide growth methods result in good optical quality material on silicon. The indium assisted phosphidisation cum growth method normally results in larger grain size indium phosphide than the one involving phosphidisation of indium oxide. These two methods are generic and can be optimized for low cost solar cells of InP on any flexible substrate.

The method of regrowth of semi-insulating indium phosphide that is routinely practiced in the fabrication of buried heterostructure telecom laser has been implemented for quantum cascade lasers. The etched ridges of the latter can be 6-15 µm deep, which is more than 2-3 times as those of the former. Although this is a difficult task, through our quick and flexible regrowth method we have demonstrated buried heterostructure quantum cascade lasers with an output power up to 2. 5 W and wall plug efficiency up to 9% under continuous operation.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. xi, 84 p.
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TRITA-ICT/MAP AVH, ISSN 1653-7610 ; 2014:10
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Engineering and Technology Nano Technology
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145375 (URN)978-91-7595-157-7 (ISBN)
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2014-06-12, Sal E, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20140523

Available from: 2014-05-23 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2014-12-18Bibliographically approved

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