Abstract

We numerically investigate and design a compact electrically pumped edge-emitting photonic crystal waveguide (PCW) quantum dot (QD) laser operating at room temperature. Use of a narrowband folded directional coupler as the output mirror has made the proposed structure an edge-emitting single-mode laser. Moreover, we propose a set of rate equations to model the performance of the PCW-QD laser. In the proposed model, we take the effects of the homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadenings and the slow-light effects on the modal gain and loss coefficient into account. Simulations show that threshold current as low as 26  μA can be achieved for the PCW-QD laser with a 50-μm-long cavity and output power in the range of micro-watts. The proposed low-threshold edge-emitting PCW-QD laser is a promising light source for the off-chip and on-chip photonic network applications.

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