The Three-Decade Journey of Quantum Cascade Lasers

A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732). This special issue belongs to the section "Quantum Photonics and Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2024 | Viewed by 126

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Center for Quantum Devices, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-312, USA
Interests: optoelectronics; design; modeling; growth; characterization (optical, electrical, and structural); fabrication; packaging, and measurements of quantum devices; semiconductor lasers; photodetectors; focal plane arrays; QWIP, QDWIP, from deep UV (200 nm), up to THZ (300 microns)
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Research Center for Advanced Photonics, RIKEN, Sendai 980-0845, Japan
Interests: molecular beam epitaxy, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition; nonequilibrium green’s function; semiconductor lasers; device fabrications; terahertz

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Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: quantum photonic devices; nonlinear optics; terahertz lasers; frequency combs; electroabsorption-modulated lasers; single photon sources
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Research Center for Advanced Photonics, RIKEN, Sendai 980-0845, Japan
Interests: terahertz; quantum cascade lasers; inter-subband transition; nitride semiconductors lasers; molecular-beam epitaxy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to join us in celebrating the remarkable progress made over nearly 30 years in the field of Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs), specifically covering the mid- and far-infrared (mid-IR; terahertz) spectra. The widespread implementation of QCLs in real-world applications, such as environmental sensing, process control, and combustion diagnostics, underscores their significant impact.

This Special Issue aims to present the milestones achieved and the latest hot topics related to QCL research. Given the primary focus of Photonics on devices, it is fitting to compile these advancements here.

In this Special Issue, original research articles, reviews, and comments are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following topics: the physics of the intersubband transition, quantum transport simulations in QCLs, state-of-the-art mid-IR and THz QCL experiments, frequency noise and stabilization of QCLs, surface-emitting photonics configurations, frequency combs, multifrequency generation techniques for THz QCLs, and an extensive illustration of the various applications of QCLs.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Manijeh Razeghi
Dr. Li Wang
Dr. Quanyong Lu
Prof. Dr. Hideki Hirayama
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  • intersubband transition
  • quantum transport models
  • quantum cascade lasers
  • mid-infrared/terahertz
  • nonlinearities
  • frequency comb
  • spectroscopy

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