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Modeling of optical gain properties of multiple cations InGaAs-InAlAs quantum-well intermixing

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3 Author(s)
M. C. Y. Chan ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Hong Kong Univ., Hong Kong ; Y. Chan ; E. H. Li

Multiple cations intermixing in an In0.53Ga0.47 As-In0.52Al0.48As quantum-well (QW) structure with 60-Å well width is being studied based on the expanded form of Fick's second law. Interdiffusion of the indium sublattice can result in a maximum compressive strain of 0.64% when annealing time reaches 3 h at 812°C. For a small interdiffusion, i.e., 1-1.5 h, the subband separation between the lowest heavy and light hole states is at its greatest. This has a major contribution to the modified band structure and averaged density of states which can result in an enhanced optical gain up to 40%. This initial stage of intermixing provides the best lasing performance. For large interdiffusion, i.e., up to 6 h, a large blue shift of the peak gain from 0.842 eV (λ=1.47 μm) to 1.016 eV (λ=1.22 μm) is obtained, thus giving a high tunability of the lasing wavelength

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 3 )