Solid-State Terahertz Sources Using Quantum-Well Intersubband Transitions

Paul Harrison, Robert W. Kelsall, Kate Donovan, Paul Kinsler

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In this paper, it is shown that the confined states within the conduction band of quantum-well systems have potential as sources of terahertz radiation. It is demonstrated that it is the dynamical properties of the electrons within these levels that must be manipulated in order to favor radiative emission rather than nonradiative loss. Designs are advanced for tunable emitters, optically excited lasers, and the active regions of electrically injected terahertz lasers. In the latter two device types, it is shown that the electron dynamics can be manipulated to favor population inversion at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number841955
Pages (from-to)645-652
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number4 Part 2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes


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