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Theory of operation of the double-heterostructure optoelectronic switch operating as a laser

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2 Author(s)
G. W. Taylor ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Connecticut Univ., Storrs, CT, USA ; Jianhong Cai

A theoretical description for the operation of the thyristor laser is developed based upon the unique current equations for the thyristor ON-state conduction. The laser equations are based upon the assumption of no k selection and allow closed-form solutions for the Fermi energies and the lasing frequency. The results are compared to the corresponding results for the p-n diode laser, and the thyristor is shown to have a slight advantage in threshold current and efficiency. The results are compared to experiment, and favorable agreement with the predictions is obtained.

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 9 )