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High-temperature characteristics of 1.3-μm InAsP/InAlGaAs MQW lasers

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4 Author(s)
Yamada, Mitsuki ; Opto-Electron. Res. Labs., NEC Corp., Tsukuba, Japan ; Anan, T. ; Tokutome, K. ; Sugou, Shigeo

Low-cost long-wavelength lasers operating at high temperatures without cooling systems are required for optical subscriber systems. InAsP multi-quantum-well (MQW) lasers have been attracting much interest because of their good high-temperature performance. This performance has been attributed to a large conduction band discontinuity (ΔEc ) preventing carrier leakage in the InAsP/InP system compared with conventional InGaAsP/InP systems. However, our recent study revealed a relatively small ΔEc in the InAsP/InP system. Based on this band line-up, it is possible to form a type-I band profile by using InAlGaAs as a barrier instead of InGaAsP. The InAsP/InAlGaAs QW system should have a large ΔEc (>300 meV) sufficient to suppress the carrier leakage at a high temperature. In this paper, we present the band line-up study of this system and report on growth and characterization of this newly proposed strain-compensated InAsP/InAlGaAs MQW lasers for the first time. The lasers exhibited a threshold current density of 1.1 kA/cm2 with a characteristic temperature as high as 116 K which is promising for realizing a cooling system free 1.3-μm laser

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Indium Phosphide and Related Materials, 1997., International Conference on

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11-15 May 1997