Magnetic field effects in terahertz quantum-cascade lasers


V Tamosiunas, R Zobl, G Fasching, J Ulrich, G Strasser, K Unterrainer, R Colombelli, C. Gmachl, K West, L Pfeiffer, and F. Capasso. 2004. “Magnetic field effects in terahertz quantum-cascade lasers.” SEMICONDUCTOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 19, 4, SI, Pp. S348-S350.


We have measured the emission intensity and spectra of terahertz quantum-cascade lasers in an external magnetic field applied normal to the epilayers. We have observed a reduction of the threshold current, an enhancement of laser emission intensity and shifts of the emission line. A wider operating range was predicted for the selected waveguide design according to our finite-difference time-domain simulation results. The intensity enhancement and the threshold current reduction are attributed to the suppression of nonradiative Auger-intersubband transitions by Landau quantization of the in-plane electron motion, to the modulation of the injection rate via resonant inter-Landau-level transfer, and to the modulation of waveguide properties.


13th International Conference on Nonequilibrium Carrier Dynamics in Semiconductors (HCIS-13), Modena, ITALY, JUL 21-AUG 01, 2003
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