Surface acoustic wave modulation of quantum cascade lasers

J. D. Cooper, Z. Ikonić, J. E. Cunningham, P. Harrison, M. Salih, A. G. Davies, E. H. Linfield

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In this work, a description is given of a simulation technique employed to model the interaction between surface acoustic waves and ridge-waveguide quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). Firstly, a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) scheme for modelling acoustic wave propagation in arbitrary semiconductor structures is outlined, and verified by comparison with experimental measurements of the frequency response of surface acoustic wave transmission between interdigitated transmitters and receivers on a bulk crystal. The model is developed further to represent the ridge-waveguide as a prominence above the surface and the active region of the laser is accounted for by a free-charge region buried within the structure. The modulation of this free charge, or carrier concentration by the propagating surface acoustic wave, is then used as an input to a rate equation model of a QCL to show how the gain will be affected. It is this control of the gain through the amplitude of the surface acoustic wave which will allow for modulation of the mid-infrared or terahertz output of the laser and hence its incorporation in many new applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - 6th International Conference on Advanced Optoelectronics and Lasers, CAOL 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781479900183, 9781479900169, 9781479900176
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Advanced Optoelectronics and Lasers - Sudak, Ukraine
Duration: 9 Sep 201313 Sep 2013
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Advanced Optoelectronics and lasers
ISSN (Print)2160-1518
ISSN (Electronic)2160-1534


Conference6th International Conference on Advanced Optoelectronics and Lasers
Abbreviated titleCAOL 2013


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