Abstract

Quantum Cascade Lasers are a novel semiconductor light source with the unique property of wavelength tunability over the mid-infrared and terahertz range of frequencies. Advances since their first demonstration in 1994 have led to highly efficient designs capable of continuous room temperature operation. In lieu of increased advances in laser core efficiency, power scaling with broad area quantum cascade lasers has demonstrated enhanced continuous power. This initial work is used as a starting point for continuing advances in average brightness of quantum cascade lasers. A figure of merit calculation reliably predicts to within parts in thousands the qualitative beam profile of continuously driven and high duty cycle devices. Further, a model is developed to project performance not only in continuously driven conditions, but also in variable duty cycles. This is combined with the figure of merit calculation to guide designs for optimized average brightness.

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Graduation Date

2020

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Lyakh, Arkadiy

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

College

College of Optics and Photonics

Department

Optics and Photonics

Degree Program

Optics and Photonics

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0008591; DP0024267

URL

https://purls.library.ucf.edu/go/DP0024267

Language

English

Release Date

February 2026

Length of Campus-only Access

5 years

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Campus-only Access)

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