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High-Power Continuous-Wave Single-Longitudinal-Mode Operation of an Optically Pumped DFB Laser at \lambda \sim 3.64~ \mu m

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3 Author(s)
Xue, L. ; Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque ; Brueck, S.R.J. ; Kaspi, R.

High-power continuous-wave (CW) single-longitudinal-mode emission at 3.64 mum is obtained from an optically pumped distributed-feedback (DFB) laser. The Bragg stopband and two degenerate DFB modes are observed at certain pump powers. The laser incorporates 14 InAs-InGaSb-InAs type-II quantum wells imbedded in an InGaAsSb waveguide. The index-coupled 1-D grating is fabricated in the top clad using interference lithography and plasma etching. A 110-mum-wide stripe from a 1.9-mum CW laser provides both optical pumping and gain guiding. Record high output power of more than 560 mW per side is obtained at 80 K. The wavelength is tunable over a 6.8-nm range by varying the pump power from 1 to 8.1 W.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 9 )