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Photon-Driven Broadband Emission and Frequency Comb RF Injection Locking in THz Quantum Cascade Lasers

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posted on 04.03.2020, 20:34 by Andres Forrer, Martin Franckié, David Stark, Tudor Olariu, Mattias Beck, Jérôme Faist, Giacomo Scalari
We present homogeneous quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) emitting around 3 THz which display bandwidths up to 950 GHz with a single stable beatnote. Devices are spontaneously operating in a harmonic comb state, and when in a dense mode regime, they can be injection locked at the cavity roundtrip frequency with very small RF powers down to −55 dBm. When operated in the electrically unstable region of negative differential resistance, the device displays ultrabroadband operation exceeding 1.83 THz (Δf/f = 50%) with high phase noise, exhibiting self-sustained, periodic voltage oscillations. The low CW threshold (115 A cm–2) and broadband comb operation (Δf/f = 25%) make these sources extremely appealing for on-chip frequency comb applications.

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