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Physics  2014 

Octave-spanning semiconductor laser

DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2014.279

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We present here a semiconductor injection laser operating in continuous wave with an emission covering more than one octave in frequency, and displaying homogeneous power distribution among the lasing modes. The gain medium is based on a heterogeneous quantum cascade structure operating in the THz range. Laser emission in continuous wave takes place from 1.64 THz to 3.35 THz with optical powers in the mW range and more than 80 modes above threshold. Free-running beatnote investigations on narrow waveguides with linewidths of 980 Hz limited by jitter indicate frequency comb operation on a spectral bandwidth as wide as 624 GHz, making such devices ideal candidates for octave-spanning semiconductor-laser-based THz frequency combs.

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