Recent progress in distributed feedback InGaN/GaN laser diodes


Laser diodes based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) are useful devices in a wide range of applications including atomic spectroscopy, data storage and optical communications. To fully exploit some of these application areas there is a need for a GaN laser diode with high spectral purity, e.g. in atomic clocks, where a narrow linewidth blue laser source can be used to target the atomic cooling transition. We report on the continuous wave, room temperature operation of a distributed feedback laser diode (DFB-LD) with high-order notched gratings. The design, fabrication and characterization of DFB devices based on the (Al,In) GaN material system is described. A single peak emission at 408.6 nm with an optical power of 20 mW at 225 mA and a side mode suppression ratio (SMSR) of 35 dB was achieved. Additionally, we demonstrate the use of a GaN DFB-LD as a transmitter in visible optical communications system. We also present results from a DFB-LD optimized for laser cooling of Sr+.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Funding Information: Acknowledgements: This research has been supported by the European Union with grant E10509, Innovate UK through grant 132543, and by the National Centre for Research and Development (E10509/29/NCBR/2017 and 1/POLBER-3/2018 and project NCN-2013/11/B/ST3/04
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Distributed feedback laser diodes,GaN,Laser cooling,Lateral grating,Notched grating,Optical communications,Semiconductor lasers,Sidewall grating,Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials,Condensed Matter Physics,Computer Science Applications,Applied Mathematics,Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Publication ISSN: 1996-756X
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 07:29
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 10:04
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PURE Output Type: Conference article
Published Date: 2019-03-01
Accepted Date: 2019-01-09
Authors: Slight, Thomas J.
Watson, Scott
Viola, Shaun
Yadav, Amit (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7865-6905)
Stanczyk, Szymon
Grzanka, Szymon
Gwyn, Steffan
Rafailov, Edik (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4152-0120)
Perlin, Piotr
Najda, Stephen P.
Leszczyński, Mike
Haji, Mohsin
Kelly, Anthony E.



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