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Title: 50% continuous-wave wallplug efficiency from 1.53μm-emitting broad-area diode lasers

Long-wavelength InP-based diode lasers emitting at 1.53 μm have been optimized for maximum continuous-wave (CW) electrical-to-optical power conversion efficiency, so-called wallplug efficiency (WPE). Efficient electron and hole capture into a single-quantum-well (SQW) active region as well as suppression of electron and hole leakage out of the SQW result in high values for the internal differential efficiency: ∼97% for long-cavity (≥2 mm) uncoated-facet devices and ∼85%–89% for short-cavity (1.5 mm) optimized facet-coated devices. The characteristic temperature of the slope efficiency, T{sub 1}, reaches a high value of 323 K. Doping-level optimization of the p-cladding layer and the use of the SQW result in low values for the internal loss coefficient: ∼1.1 cm{sup −1} for long-cavity (≥2 mm) uncoated-facet devices and ∼1.5–2.0 cm{sup −1} for short-cavity (1.5 mm) optimized facet-coated devices. In turn, a maximum CW WPE value of 50% is achieved at room temperature and ∼1 W output power from conductively-cooled 100 μm-wide-aperture devices. The maximum CW power is 2.5 W. One beneficial byproduct of the CW-WPE maximization process is a large transverse spot size which, in turn, provides a very narrow transverse beamwidth: 26° full width half maximum. Reliability tests show no degradation when devices are run CW at high currents (4–5 A) and high temperatures (40–50 °C) for over 4000 h, atmore » ∼2 W output power.« less
Authors:
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  1. Compound Photonics, 1832 Wright Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704 (United States)
  2. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22310858
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; APERTURES; CAPTURE; CAVITY RESONATORS; CLADDING; CONVERSION; CURRENTS; EFFICIENCY; ELECTRONS; HOLES; INDIUM PHOSPHIDES; LASER RADIATION; LAYERS; LOSSES; QUANTUM WELLS; RELIABILITY; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K; WAVELENGTHS