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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Abstract-Potential-inserted quantum well design for quantum cascade terahertz lasers
We report on a new design of terahertz quantum cascade laser based on a single, potential-inserted quantum well active region. The quantum well properties are engineered through single monolayer InAs inserts. The modeling is based on atomistic, spds* tight-binding calculations, and performances are compared to that of the classical three-well design. We obtain a 100% increase of the oscillator strength per unit length, while maintaining a high, nearly temperature-independent contrast between phonon-induced relaxation times of the upper and lower lasing states. The improved performances are expected to allow THz lasing at room temperature.