High power continuous operation of a widely tunable quantum cascade laser with an integrated amplifier

S. Slivken, S. Sengupta, M. Razeghi

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Abstract

Wide electrical tuning and high continuous output power is demonstrated from a single mode quantum cascade laser emitting at a wavelength near 4.8 μm. This is achieved in a space efficient manner by integrating an asymmetric sampled grating distributed feedback tunable laser with an optical amplifier. An initial demonstration of high peak power operation in pulsed mode is demonstrated first, with >5 W output over a 270 nm (113 cm-1) spectral range. Refinement of the geometry leads to continuous operation with a single mode spectral coverage of 300 nm (120 cm-1) and a maximum continuous power of 1.25 W. The output beam is shown to be nearly diffraction-limited, even at high amplifier current.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number251101
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume107
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 21 2015

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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