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Design of mid-IR and THz quantum cascade laser cavities with complete TM photonic bandgap

Bahriz, Michael and Moreau, Virginie and Colombelli, Raffaele and Crisafulli, Orion and Painter, Oskar (2007) Design of mid-IR and THz quantum cascade laser cavities with complete TM photonic bandgap. Optics Express, 15 (10). pp. 5948-5965. ISSN 1094-4087.

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We present the design of mid-infrared and THz quantum cascade laser cavities formed from planar photonic crystals with a complete in-plane photonic bandgap. The design is based on a honeycomb lattice, and achieves a full in-plane photonic gap for transverse-magnetic polarized light while preserving a connected pattern for efficient electrical injection. Candidate defects modes for lasing are identified. This lattice is then used as a model system to demonstrate a novel effect: under certain conditions - that are typically satisfied in the THz range - a complete photonic gap can be obtained by the sole patterning of the top metal contact. This possibility greatly reduces the required fabrication complexity and avoids potential damage of the semiconductor active region.

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Additional Information:© 2007 Optical Society of America. Received 11 Jan 2007; revised 17 Apr 2007; accepted 25 Apr 2007; published 1 May 2007. The authors thank F. Julien, C. Sirtori, and Y. Chassagneux for useful discussions. The work conducted at the Universite Paris-Sud was performed as part of an EURYI scheme award (, with additional support from the PICS program n.3417. The Caltech portion of this work was supported by an AFOSR MURI program in plasmonics ( and a DARPA UPR program in optofluidics (
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Official Citation:M. Bahriz, V. Moreau, R. Colombelli, O. Crisafulli, and O. Painter, "Design of mid-IR and THz quantum cascade laser cavities with complete TM photonic bandgap," Opt. Express 15, 5948-5965 (2007)
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