A theoretical model of electron transport in quantum cascade lasers subjected to a magnetic field is developed. The Landau level electronic structure was calculated from the envelope-function Schrödinger equation within the effective-mass approximation. The electron transport in a magnetic field was modeled using the self-consistent rate-equation description for the full period of the cascade and its interaction with adjacent periods. The scattering processes included in the model are electron-longitudinal-optical- phonon, electron-longitudinal-acoustic-phonon, and electron-electron scattering. All these processes show oscillatory behavior with magnetic field, and their interplay determines the electron transport and the output characteristics of quantum cascade lasers in magnetic field. The model was applied to investigate the influence of magnetic field on the performance of a GaAs AlGaAs quantum cascade laser emitting at λ 11.4 μm [P. Kruck, Appl. Phys. Lett. 76, 3340 (2000)]. The calculated results show good overall agreement with the available experimental data.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Feb 2006|