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Top-Hat HELLISH-VCSOA for optical amplification and wavelength conversion for 0.85 to 1.3μm operation

Faten Adel Ismael Chaqmaqchee1*, Naci Balkan1 and Jose Maria Ulloa Herrero2

Author Affiliations

1 School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Colchester, CO43SQ, UK

2 Institute for Systems Based on Optoelectronics and Microtechnology (ISOM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, 28040, Spain

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:525  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-525

Published: 25 September 2012

Abstract

The Top-Hat hot electron light emission and lasing in semiconductor heterostructure (HELLISH)-vertical cavity semiconductor optical amplifier (VCSOA) is a modified version of a HELLISH-VCSOA device. It has a shorter p-channel and longer n-channel. The device studied in this work consists of a simple GaAs p-i-n junction, containing 11 Ga0.35In0.65 N0.02As0.08/GaAs multiple quantum wells in its intrinsic region; the active region is enclosed between six pairs of GaAs/AlAs top distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) mirrors and 20.5 pairs of AlAs/GaAs bottom DBR mirrors. The operation of the device is based on longitudinal current transport parallel to the layers of the GaAs p-n junction. The device is characterised through I-V-L and by spectral photoluminescence, electroluminescence and electro-photoluminescence measurements. An amplification of about 25 dB is observed at applied voltages of around V = 88 V.

Keywords:
HELLISH; VCSOA; GaInNAs; Luminescence; Amplification