Bandgap Engineering of 1300 nm Quantum Dots/Quantum Well Nanostructures Based Devices

  • Hala H. Alhashim

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The main objectives of this thesis are to develop viable process and/or device technologies for bandgap tuning of 1300-nm InGaAs/GaAs quantum-dot (QD) laser structures, and broad linewidth 1300-nm InGaAsP/InP quantum well (QW) superluminescent diode structures. The high performance bandgap-engineered QD laser structures were achieved by employing quantum-dot intermixing (QDI) based on impurity free vacancy diffusion (IFVD) technique for eventual seamless active-passive integration, and bandgap-tuned lasers. QDI using various dielectric-capping materials, such as HfO2, SrTiO3, TiO2, Al2O3 and ZnO, etc, were experimented in which the resultant emission wavelength can be blueshifted to ∼ 1100 nm ─ 1200 nm range depending on process conditions. The significant results extracted from the PL characterization were used to perform an extensive laser characterization. The InAs/GaAs quantum-dot lasers with QDs transition energies were blueshifted by ~185 nm, and lasing around ~1070 – 1190 nm was achieved. Furthermore, from the spectral analysis, a simultaneous five-state lasing in the InAs/InGaAs intermixed QD laser was experimentally demonstrated for the first time in the very important wavelength range from 1030 to 1125 nm. The QDI methodology enabled the facile formation of a plethora of devices with various emission wavelengths suitable for a wide range of applications in the infrared. In addition, the wavelength range achieved is also applicable for coherent light generation in the green – yellow – orange visible wavelength band via frequency doubling, which is a cost-effective way of producing compact devices for pico-projectors, semiconductor laser based solid state lighting, etc. [1, 2] In QW-based superluminescent diode, the problem statement lies on achieving a flat-top and ultra-wide emission bandwidth. The approach was to design an inhomogeneous active region with a comparable simultaneous emission from different transition states in the QW stacks, in conjunction with anti-reflection coating and tilted ridge-waveguide device configuration. In this regard, we achieved 125 nm linewidth from InGaAsP/InP multiple quantum well (MQW) superluminescent diode with a total output power in excess of 70 mW with an average power spectral density of 0.56 mW/nm, and a spectral ripple of ≤1.2 ± 0.5 dB. The high power and broadband SLD with flat-top emission spectrum is a desirable as optical source for noninvasive biomedical imaging techniques employing low coherence interferometry, for instance, optical coherence tomography (OCT).
Date of AwardMay 29 2016
Original languageEnglish (US)
Awarding Institution
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
SupervisorBoon Ooi (Supervisor)


  • Semiconductor Laser
  • Quantum Well Intermixing (QWI)
  • quantum Dots
  • Photoluminescence
  • Superluminescent Diodes
  • Photonic Integration

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