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Title: Semiconductor light source with electrically tunable emission wavelength

Abstract

A semiconductor light source comprises a substrate, lower and upper claddings, a waveguide region with imbedded active area, and electrical contacts to provide voltage necessary for the wavelength tuning. The active region includes single or several heterojunction periods sandwiched between charge accumulation layers. Each of the active region periods comprises higher and lower affinity semiconductor layers with type-II band alignment. The charge carrier accumulation in the charge accumulation layers results in electric field build-up and leads to the formation of generally triangular electron and hole potential wells in the higher and lower affinity layers. Nonequillibrium carriers can be created in the active region by means of electrical injection or optical pumping. The ground state energy in the triangular wells and the radiation wavelength can be tuned by changing the voltage drop across the active region.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [3];  [3];  [5]
  1. Port Jefferson, NY
  2. Bowie, MD
  3. Centereach, NY
  4. Setauket, NY
  5. Elkridge, MD
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Maxion Technologies, Inc. (Hyattsville, MD)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1012771
Patent Number(s):
7,876,795
Application Number:
11/206,505
Assignee:
Maxion Technologies, Inc. (Hyattsville, MD); The Research Foundation of State University of New York (Albany, NY) CHO
DOE Contract Number:  
FG02-02ER83492
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Belenky, Gregory, Bruno, John D, Kisin, Mikhail V, Luryi, Serge, Shterengas, Leon, Suchalkin, Sergey, and Tober, Richard L. Semiconductor light source with electrically tunable emission wavelength. United States: N. p., 2011. Web.
Belenky, Gregory, Bruno, John D, Kisin, Mikhail V, Luryi, Serge, Shterengas, Leon, Suchalkin, Sergey, & Tober, Richard L. Semiconductor light source with electrically tunable emission wavelength. United States.
Belenky, Gregory, Bruno, John D, Kisin, Mikhail V, Luryi, Serge, Shterengas, Leon, Suchalkin, Sergey, and Tober, Richard L. Tue . "Semiconductor light source with electrically tunable emission wavelength". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1012771.
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abstractNote = {A semiconductor light source comprises a substrate, lower and upper claddings, a waveguide region with imbedded active area, and electrical contacts to provide voltage necessary for the wavelength tuning. The active region includes single or several heterojunction periods sandwiched between charge accumulation layers. Each of the active region periods comprises higher and lower affinity semiconductor layers with type-II band alignment. The charge carrier accumulation in the charge accumulation layers results in electric field build-up and leads to the formation of generally triangular electron and hole potential wells in the higher and lower affinity layers. Nonequillibrium carriers can be created in the active region by means of electrical injection or optical pumping. The ground state energy in the triangular wells and the radiation wavelength can be tuned by changing the voltage drop across the active region.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2011},
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