Abstract

Mid-infrared (MIR) room-temperature (RT) and continuous-wave (CW) broadband quantum cascade superluminescent light emitters (QCSLEs) have emerged as ideal broadband light sources for a number of applications of biomedical imaging, security inspection, and gas detection. It is quite challenging to attain a RT-CW output power up to milliwatt level due to the very low efficiency of the spontaneous emission in the intersubband transitions in QCSLEs. In this work, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, a compact light emitter array is realized by integrating several single emitters exhibiting a very high RT-CW power of 2.4 mW, which is attributed to the sufficient low reflectivity provided by the waveguide structure that includes three sections with a short straight part adjacent to a tilted stripe and to a J-shaped waveguide, and the two-phonon resonance QC active structure. This advancement is certainly a big step forward to the applications of broadband light sources towards MIR photonics.

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