Effect of uniaxial stress on electroluminescence, valence band modification, optical gain, and polarization modes in tensile strained p-AlGaAs/GaAsP/n-AlGaAs laser diode structures: Numerical calculations and experimental results
The effects of uniaxial compression in  direction on energy-band structures, heavy and light hole mixing, optical matrix elements, and gain in laser diodes with “light hole up” configuration of valence band levels in GaAsP quantum wells with different widths and phosphorus contents are numerically calculated. The development of light and heavy hole mixing caused by symmetry lowering and converging behavior of light and heavy hole levels in such quantum wells under uniaxial compression is displayed. The light or heavy hole nature of each level is established for all considered values of uniaxial stress. The results of optical gain calculations for TM and TE polarization modes show that uniaxial compression leads to a significant increase of the TE mode and a minor decrease of the TM mode. Electroluminescence experiments were performed under uniaxial compression up to 5 kbar at 77 K on a model laser diode structure (p-AlxGa1-xAs/GaAs1-yPy/n-AlxGa1-xAs) with y = 0.16 and a quantum well width of 14 nm. They reveal a maximum blue shift of 27 meV of the electroluminescence spectra that is well described by the calculated change of the optical gap and the increase of the intensity being referred to a TE mode enhancement. Numerical calculations and electroluminescence data indicate that uniaxial compression may be used for a moderate wavelength and TM/TE intensity ratio tuning.