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Title: Influence of interface roughness in quantum cascade lasers

We use a numerical model based on non-equilibrium Green's functions to investigate the influence of interface roughness (IFR) scattering in terahertz quantum cascade lasers. We confirm that IFR is an important phenomenon that affects both current and gain. The simulations indicate that IFR causes a leakage current that transfers electrons from the upper to the lower laser state. In certain cases, this current can greatly reduce gain. In addition, individual interfaces and their impact on the renormalized single particle energies are studied and shown to give both blue- and red-shifts of the gain spectrum.
Authors:
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  1. Division of Mathematical Physics, Lund University, Box 118, Lund 221 00 (Sweden)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22489499
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ELECTRON TRANSFER; EQUILIBRIUM; GAIN; GREEN FUNCTION; INTERFACES; LASERS; LEAKAGE CURRENT; RED SHIFT; RENORMALIZATION; ROUGHNESS; SIMULATION