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EPSRC Reference: GR/K16173/01
Title: II-VI LASERS AND NONLINEAR OPTICS: ROLLING GRANT
Principal Investigator: Cavenett, Professor B
Other Investigators:
Prior, Dr KA Wilson, Professor Emeritus J Pidgeon, Professor C
Galbraith, Professor I Wherrett, Professor B Kar, Professor AK
Taghizadeh, Professor MR
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Department: Physics
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 August 1994 Ends: 31 July 1997 Value (£): 966,344
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Condensed Matter Physics Electronic Devices & Subsys.
Lasers & Optics Materials Synthesis & Growth
Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
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This research project addresses the development of wide bandgap laser and optoelectronic devices using MBE ZnSe and related alloy semiconductors in quantum well structures. There are four inter-related areas of activity: materials growth and characterisation; device fabrication and characterisation; nonlinear optics; and theoretical studies. The focus is provided by device targets; a stable, room-temperature blue laser diode; a low temperature pulsed UV laser diode; a high-contrast visible wavelength modulator.The science that will be carried out in order to reach these targets includes:(i) Growth of ZnSSe and ZnMgSSe structures, with characterisation of structural defects, leading to morphology control. Investigation of growth and n- and p-doping of ZnCdS for UV devices. Improvement of ohmic contacts for p-type ZnSe. (ii) Development of fabrication techniques for II-VI lasers and the fabrication of strained-layer based electro-optic devices. (iii) Measurement of excitation lifetimes and optical nonlinearities that control the device responses, using sub-picosecond laser techniques. (iv) Calculation of electronic energy level structure in II-VI quantum wells and of laser gain thresholds, incorporating many-body effects; and comparison with optical characterisation of the materials and device structures.
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