We report high-power continuous-wave (cw) operation of λ∼9.5 μm quantum-cascade lasers to a temperature of 318 K. A high-reflectivity- coated 19-μm-wide and 3-mm-long device exhibits cw output powers as high as 150 mW at 288 K and still 22 mW at 318 K. In cw operation at 298 K, a threshold current density of 1.57 kA cm2, a slope efficiency of 391 mWA, and a maximum wall-plug efficiency of 0.71% are obtained. In pulsed operation, a maximum average power of 317 mW is achieved at 49% duty cycle. The emission wavelength in cw mode is shifted from 9.524 μm at 288 K to 9.547 μm at 313 K near 1.05 A drive current with a temperature tuning coefficient of 0.92 nmK.
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