Phase-locked arrays of surface-emitting terahertz quantum-cascade lasers
Author(s)Kao, Tsung-Yu; Hu, Qing; Reno, John L.
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We report the demonstration of phase-locked arrays of surface-emitting distributed-feedback (DFB) terahertz quantum-cascade lasers with single-mode operations. Carefully designed “phase sector” locks several surface-emitting DFB laser ridges in-phase, creating tighter beam-patterns along the phased-array direction with full width at half maximum (FWHM) ≈ 10°. In addition, the phase sector can be individually biased to provide a mechanism of frequency tuning through gain-induced optical index change, without significantly affecting the output power levels. A tuning range of 1.5 GHz around 3.9 THz was achieved. This fine tunability could be utilized to frequency- or phase-lock the DFB array to an external reference.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Research Laboratory of Electronics
Applied Physics Letters
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Kao, Tsung-Yu, Qing Hu, and John L. Reno. “Phase-Locked Arrays of Surface-Emitting Terahertz Quantum-Cascade Lasers.” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, no. 10 (2010): 101106. © 2010 American Institute of Physics
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