Operation of quantum dot based terahertz photoconductive antennas under extreme pumping conditions

Abstract

Photoconductive antennas deposited onto GaAs substrates that incorporate InAs quantum dots have been recently shown to efficiently generate both pulsed and CW terahertz radiation. In this Letter, we determine the operational limits of these antennas and demonstrate their extreme thermal breakdown tolerance. Implanted quantum dots serve as free carrier capture sites, thus acting as lifetime shorteners, similar to defects in low-temperature grown substrates. However, unlike the latter, defect-free quantum-dot structures possess perfect lattice quality, thus not compromising high carrier mobility and pump intensity stealth. Single gap design quantum dot based photoconductive antennas are shown to operate under up to 1 W of average pump power (∼1.6 mJ cm−2 energy density), which is more than 20 times higher than the pumping limit of low-temperature grown GaAs based substrates. Conversion efficiency of the quantum dot based photoconductive antennas does not saturate up to 0.75 W of pump power (∼1.1 mJ cm−2 energy density). Such a thermal tolerance suggests a glowy prospect for the proposed antennas as a perspective candidate for intracavity optical-to-terahertz converters.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0062720
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: © 2021 Author(s). All article content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Funding: This project has received funding from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Grant No. EP/ R024898/1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: antennas,quantum dots,terahertz radiation,photoconductivity,crystal lattices,Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
Publication ISSN: 1077-3118
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 07:16
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 12:10
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-09-14
Accepted Date: 2021-08-26
Authors: Gorodetsky, Andrei
Leite, Ivo T.
Rafailov, Edik U. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4152-0120)

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