Sunday, June 18, 2017

Abstract-Frequency Tunability and Spectral Control in Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers With Phase-Adjusted Finite-Defect-Site Photonic Lattices

We report on the effect of finite-defect-site photonic lattices (PLs) on the spectral emission of terahertz frequency quantum cascade lasers, both theoretically and experimentally. A central π-phase adjusted defect incorporated in the PL is shown to favor emission selectively within the photonic bandgap. The effect of the duty cycle and the longitudinal position of such PLs is investigated, and used to demonstrate three distinct spectral behaviors: single-mode emission from devices in the range 2.2−5 THz, with a side-mode suppression ratio of 40 dB and exhibiting continuous frequency tuning over >8 GHz; discrete tuning between two engineered emission modes separated by ∼40 GHz; and multiple-mode emission with an engineered frequency spacing between emission lines.

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