Abstract

Quantum-cascade distributed-feedback lasers with high-power, continuous-wave (cw), tunable, single-mode emission are reported. The emission wavelengths are near 5.2 and 7.95 µm. The lasers are operated at liquid-nitrogen temperature and above. A maximum output power of >100 mW is obtained per facet at 80 K for both wavelengths, which is the result of careful positioning of the peak gain with respect to the Bragg wavelength. Continuous tuning with either heat-sink temperature or cw current is demonstrated. The tuning coefficients are 0.35 nm/K 5.2 µm and 0.51 nm/K 7.95 µm for thermal tuning and vary from 20 to 40 nm/A for tuning with current. The lasers are being used in high-resolution and high-sensitivity gas-sensing applications.

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