Super-radiant surface emission from a quasi-cavity hot electron light emitter

O'Brien, A
Bek, Alpan
Boland-Thoms, A
Adams, M
Roberts, J
The Hot Electron Light Emitting and Lasing in Semiconductor Heterostructure (HELLISH-1) device is a novel surface emitter which utilises hot carrier transport parallel to the layers of a Ga(1-x)Al(x)As p-n junction incorporating a single GaAs quantum well on the n-side of the junction plane. Non-equilibrium electrons are injected into the quantum well via tunnelling from the n-layer. in order to preserve the charge neutrality in the depletion region, the junction undergoes a self-induced internal biasing. As a result the built-in potential on the p-side is reduced and hence the injection of non-equilibrium holes into the quantum well in the active region is enhanced. The work presented here shows that a distributed Bragg reflector grown below the active region of the HELLISH device increases the emitted light intensity by two orders of magnitude and reduces the emission line-width by about a factor of 3 in comparison with the original HELLISH-1 structure. Therefore, the device can be operated as an ultrabright emitter with higher spectral purity.


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A. O’Brien, A. Bek, A. Boland-Thoms, M. Adams, and J. Roberts, “Super-radiant surface emission from a quasi-cavity hot electron light emitter,” OPTICAL AND QUANTUM ELECTRONICS, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 183–190, 1999, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: