External ring-cavity quantum cascade lasers Academic Article uri icon


  • An external ring-cavity quantum cascade laser (QCL) is demonstrated. Gain competition between the clockwise and anticlockwise ring-cavity modes results in a transition from bidirectional to directional emission as current is increased. In the directional regime, spatial hole burning (SHB) is suppressed, and the spectrum evolves to a single longitudinal mode, in contrast with the multimode spectrum of a comparable Fabry-Pérot QCL. The absence of SHB and the long path-length of the external cavity make this laser an excellent candidate for active mode-locking and high-sensitivity spectroscopic applications in the mid-infrared. A proof-of-principle intracavity absorption spectroscopic detection of water vapor is demonstrated. © 2013 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Malara, P., Blanchard, R., Mansuripur, T. S., Wojcik, A. K., Belyanin, A., Fujita, K., ... Capasso, F.

citation count

  • 17

publication date

  • April 2013