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Design and simulation of terahertz GaN/Al0.15Ga0.85N quantum cascade laser

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2 Author(s)
Lu, Yanwu ; Dept. of Phys., Beijing Jiaotong Univ., China ; Sun, G.

We propose the idea of developing THz quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) with GaN-based quantum well (QW) structures with significant advantages over the currently demonstrated THz lasers in the GaAs-based material system. While the ultrafast longitudinal optical (LO) phonon scattering in AlGaN/GaN QWs can be used for the rapid depopulation of the lower laser state, the large LO-phonon energy (∼90 meV) can effectively reduce the thermal population of the losing states at higher temperatures. Our analysis of one particular structure has shown that a relatively low threshold current density of 832 A/cm can provide a threshold optical gain of 50/cm at room temperature. We have also found that the characteristic temperature in this structure is as high as 136 K.

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Semiconducting and Insulating Materials, 2004. SIMC-XIII-2004. 13th International Conference on

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20-25 Sept. 2004