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Dataset associated with 'High-Speed Modulation of a Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser by Coherent Acoustic Phonon Pulses'

Dunn, Aniela and Poyser, Caroline and Dean, Paul and Demić, Aleksandar and Valavanis, Alexander and Indjin, Dragan and Salih, Mohammed and Kundu, Iman and Lianhe, Li and Akimov, Andrey and Davies, Giles and Linfield, Edmund H and Cunningham, John and Kent, Anthony (2019) Dataset associated with 'High-Speed Modulation of a Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser by Coherent Acoustic Phonon Pulses'. University of Leeds. [Dataset] https://doi.org/10.5518/579

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This archive contains the dataset associated with the publication entitled ‘High-Speed Modulation of a Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser by Coherent Acoustic Phonon Pulses'. Fast modulation of lasers is a fundamental requirement for applications in optical communications, high-resolution spectroscopy and metrology. In the terahertz-frequency range, the quantum-cascade laser (QCL) is a high-power source with the potential for high-frequency modulation. However, conventional electronic modulation is limited fundamentally by parasitic device impedance, and so alternative physical processes must be exploited to modulate the QCL gain on ultrafast timescales. Here, we demonstrate an alternative mechanism to modulate the emission from a QCL device, whereby optically-generated acoustic phonon pulses are used to perturb the QCL bandstructure, enabling fast amplitude modulation that can be controlled using the QCL drive current or strain pulse amplitude, to a maximum modulation depth of 6% in our experiment. We show that this modulation can be explained using perturbation theory analysis. While the modulation rise-time was limited to ~800 ps by our measurement system, theoretical considerations suggest considerably faster modulation could be possible. Data included: power-current (L-I), power-voltage (L-V) data; Voltage across QCL device and Schottky signal detected from device for different bias conditions; Magnitudes of acoustic modulation shown in Figure 4; Resonant tunnelling data from Figure 5; Simulation .mat file for predicted power modulation shown in figure 3 (b).

Subjects: F000 - Physical sciences > F300 - Physics > F360 - Optical physics > F361 - Laser physics
Divisions: Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences > School of Chemistry
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License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Date deposited: 30 Jan 2020 09:30
URI: https://archive.researchdata.leeds.ac.uk/id/eprint/634

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