We show that strong n-doping of the n-waveguide layer substantially decreases the thermal carrier leakage from the active layer and the associated optical losses in III-V semiconductor lasers. The effect is particularly pronounced in devices operating at the wavelength region where the free hole absorption cross-section is much greater than that of free electrons. This is predicted to decrease the threshold current and improve the output efficiency of the lasers. An example of a bulk InGaAsP/InP pulsed lasers is used to demonstrate that lasers with highly doped n-InGaAsP side of the waveguide can retain high output powers at ambient temperatures substantially above room temperature.
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- High power lasers
- semiconductor lasers