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Opt Express. 2005 Mar 21;13(6):2032-9.

Intensity noise properties of quantum cascade lasers.


We present investigations of the the relative intensity noise (RIN) of a quantum cascade laser (QC) laser in continuous wave operation. We analyze the intensity noise properties in terms of the relative intensity noise (RIN). In contrast to conventional interband semiconductor diode lasers we obtain a different scaling behavior of RIN with increasing optical output power for QC lasers. From a semiclassical noise model we find that this result is due to the cascaded active regions each incorporating three laser levels, and is therefore a particular feature of QC lasers.

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