Continuous-Wave Optically Pumped 1.55 μm InAs/InAlGaAs Quantum Dot Microdisk Lasers Epitaxially Grown on Silicon

Bei Shi, Si Zhu, Qiang Li, Yating Wan, Evelyn L. Hu, Kei May Lau

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Monolithic integration of high-performance semiconductor lasers on silicon enables wafer-scale optical interconnects within photonic integrated circuits on a silicon manufacturing platform. III-V quantum dot (QD) lasers on silicon stand out for their better device performances and reliability. QD lasers grown on III-V substrates have been integrated by wafer-bonding techniques with high quality. Direct growth of QD lasers on silicon offers an alluring alternative, using widely available large-area silicon substrates. However, to date, notable achievements have been reported only in InAs/GaAs lasers emitting at 1.3 μm, while 1.55 μm InAs/InP QD lasers on silicon remain in uncharted territory. Here we demonstrate the first 1.55 μm band InAs/InAlGaAs quantum dot microdisk lasers epitaxially grown on (001) silicon substrates. The lasing threshold for the seven-layer quantum dot microdisk laser at liquid-helium temperature is 1.6 mW under continuous optical pumping. The observed lasing is attributed to a unique combination of the high-quality QDs, small mode volume, and smooth sidewall of the microdisk structure and a well-developed InP buffer incorporating quantum dots as dislocation filters. These results thus mark a major step toward an integrated III-V-on-silicon photonics platform.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 15 2017
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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