Single-mode, high-power, mid-infrared, quantum cascade laser phased arrays

Wenjia Zhou, Donghai Wu, Quan Yong Lu, Steven Slivken, Manijeh Razeghi*

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Abstract

We demonstrate single-mode, 16-channel, optical phased arrays based on quantum cascade laser technology, with emission wavelengths around 4.8 µm. The integrated device consists of a distributed feedback seed section, a highly-efficient tree array multi-mode interferometer power splitter, and a 16-channel amplifier array with a 4° angled facet termination. With a single layer Y2O3 coating, the angled facet reflectivity is estimated to be less than 0.1% for suppressing amplifier self-lasing. A peak output power of 30 W is achieved with an emission spectrum narrower than 11 nm and a side mode suppression ratio over 25 dB. Far field distribution measurement result indicates a uniform phase distribution across the array output. Using the same phased array architecture, we also demonstrate single-mode 3.8 µm QCL amplifier arrays with up to 20 W output power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number14866
JournalScientific reports
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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