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Strained InGaAs/GaAs quantum well constricted-mesa lasers and application in a vertical-twin-guide tunable laser

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4 Author(s)
Z. M. Chuang ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., California Univ., Santa Barbara, CA, USA ; J. W. Scott ; D. B. Young ; L. A. Coldren

Constricted-mesa semiconductor lasers containing a strained-layer InGaAs single-quantum-well-separate-confinement-heterostructure have been demonstrated. Very high etching selectivity between Al/sub x/Ga/sub 1-x/As (x=0.9) and Al/sub x/Ga/sub 1-x/As (x=<0.6) was achieved using diluted hydrofluoric acid to create a deeply undercut current confinement region, which enables a side contact for current injection. A process combining a self-aligned reactive ion etch and the undercut wet chemical etch has been developed for implementing a vertical twin-guide three-electrode tunable laser structure. Low-threshold currents for both single-guide devices with centered top contacts (5.2 mA) and twin-guide ones with side contacts (6.5 mA) were obtained.<>

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IEEE Photonics Technology Letters  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 4 )