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We describe measurements of the threshold current I/sub th/ and spontaneous emission characteristics of InGaAs (P)-based 1.5-/spl mu/m compressively strained multiple-quantum-well semiconductor lasers from 90 K to above room temperature. We show that below a break-point temperature, T/sub B//spl ap/130 K, I/sub th/ and its temperature dependence are governed by the radiative current. Above this temperature, a thermally activated Auger recombination process becomes the dominant recombination mechanism responsible for both I/sub th/ and its temperature sensitivity. At room temperature nonradiative Auger recombination is found to account for approximately 80% of the threshold current in these devices.
Date of Publication: Aug. 1998