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Title: High-Temperature and High-Power Terahertz Quantum-Cascade Lasers.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Conference Proceedings for the Photonics West Conference held January 22-26, 2007 in San Jose, CA.
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United States

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Reno, John Louis, Williams, Benjamin S., Qin, Qi, Kumar, Sushil, and Hu, Qing. High-Temperature and High-Power Terahertz Quantum-Cascade Lasers.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Reno, John Louis, Williams, Benjamin S., Qin, Qi, Kumar, Sushil, & Hu, Qing. High-Temperature and High-Power Terahertz Quantum-Cascade Lasers.. United States.
Reno, John Louis, Williams, Benjamin S., Qin, Qi, Kumar, Sushil, and Hu, Qing. Thu . "High-Temperature and High-Power Terahertz Quantum-Cascade Lasers.". United States. doi:.
title = {High-Temperature and High-Power Terahertz Quantum-Cascade Lasers.},
author = {Reno, John Louis and Williams, Benjamin S. and Qin, Qi and Kumar, Sushil and Hu, Qing},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}

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  • Quantum cascade lasers that operate in the underdeveloped terahertz spectral range (1-10 THz) promise to contribute to applications in sensing, spectroscopy, and imaging. We describe our development of terahertz quantum cascade lasers based on the resonant-phonon depopulation concept and that use low-loss metal-metal waveguides for optical confinement. Two- and three-dimensional finite-element simulations of terahertz metal-metal waveguides are used to demonstrate their high modal confinement even for very narrow ridges. Also, simulations predict high facet reflectivities due to the modal impedance mismatch with free space at the sub-wavelength waveguide aperture of these metal-metal waveguides. Finally, we report the demonstration of amore » 2.8 THz laser that operates up to 97 K in continuous-wave mode fabricated using a Cu-Cu thermocompression bonding technique.« less
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