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Thermoreflectance study of temperature distribution on the semiconductor laser mirrors

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Author(s): Tomasz PIWONSKI | Dorota WAWER | Michal SZYMANSKI | Tomasz OCHALSKI | Maciej BUGAJSKI

Journal: Optica Applicata
ISSN 0078-5466

Volume: 35;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 611;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: thermoreflectance | semiconductor laser | mirrors | temperature maps

ABSTRACT
In the high-power semiconductor lasers, the surface of the mirror is the key element of the construction, which has the main impact on the reliability and degradation processes. In the case of lasers fabricated with the use of GaAs compounds the highest power emitted by the structure is limited by the catastrophic optical damage (COD) effect due to the increase of temperature on the air-semiconductor edge. The technique which enables examining the temperature distribution on the mirror surface is thermoreflectance. In this paper, we present the technique of temperature mapping on the mirror surface of the high power semiconductor lasers based on the thermoreflectance method.

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