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Population-inversion and gain estimates for a semiconductor TASER\ud

By P. Harrison and R.A. Soref


We have investigated a solid-state design advanced (see Soref et al, in SPIE Proceedings, vol. 3795, p, 516, 1999) to achieve a terahertz-amplification-by-the-stimulated-emision-of-radiation (TASER), The original design was based on light-to heavy-hole intersubband transitions in SiGe/Si heterostructures, This work adapts the design to electron intersubband transitions in the more readily available GaAs/Ga1-xAlxAs material system. It is found that the electric-field induced anti-crossings of the states, derived from the first excited state with the ground states of a superlattice in the Stark-ladder regime, offers the possibility of a population inversion and gain at room temperature

Year: 2001
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