Progress on the transistor-injected quantum-cascade laser

John M. Dallesasse, Kanuo Chen, Fu Chen Hsiao

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Progress on the modeling, fabrication, and characterization of the transistor-injected quantum-cascade laser (TI-QCL) is presented. As a novel variant of the quantum cascade laser, the TI-QCL has been projected to have advantages over conventional QCLs in certain applications because of its 3-terminal nature. The separation of field and current is expected to allow separate amplitude and frequency modulation, and the location of the cascade structure in a p-n junction depletion region is expected to reduce free carrier absorption and improve efficiency. At the same time, the added complexity of the structure creates challenges in the realization of working devices. An overview of the basic operating principles of the TI-QCL is first given, and projected advantages discussed. Next, work on modeling GaAsbased TI-QCLs is presented, and a design for devices in this system is presented. Finally, work on fabrication and characterization of devices is examined and ongoing challenges are discussed. The role of quantum state alignment in the QCL region on electron-hole recombination in the base is also examined, showing the capability of using basecollector voltage to modulate the optical output from the direct-bandgap transistor base.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQuantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XV
EditorsGiuseppe Leo, Gail J. Brown, Manijeh Razeghi, Jay S. Lewis
ISBN (Electronic)9781510615656
StatePublished - 2018
EventQuantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XV 2018 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Jan 28 2018Feb 2 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherQuantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XV 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • Transistor-injected quantum cascade laser
  • light-emitting transistor
  • quantum cascade laser
  • transistor laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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