High-power semiconductor lasers are the most efficient man-made light sources, and can convert more than 80% electric energy into light. Currently emission powers of one kW continuous-wave powers are extracted from a single monolithic semiconductor chip. We are interested in the intrinsic limitations of such optoelectronic devices in terms of output power, beam quality (brightness) and lifetime (reliability). For this purpose, we analyze devices, but also their components such as surfaces and interfaces or gain materials such as quantum wells, superlattices and quantum dots.
For our experiments, we use optical tools, in particular transient spectroscopy that represents a generic competence of MBI. Such work is naturally carried out as collaborative work with device vendors, who provide us with high-quality industry-grade devices and structures. The use of such devices ensures high reproducibility and the chance to get general results, which not depend on the particular device structure that was studied. In BMBF-projects such as BlauLas, we work together with Osram OS (Regensburg), Dilas GmbH (Maiz) and Laserline GmbH (Mülheim) or in the frame of bilateral research contracts with Lumentum (Santa Clara) and 3S-Photonics (Nozay).
The material basis of the investigated devices is now focused to GaN-based wide-bandgap devices emitting in the ultraviolet to blue spectral regions. The figure shows damage patterns as observed in 450-nm emitting high power diode lasers after it experienced the so-called catastrophic optical damage in short-pulse operation.
Subfigure (a) shows the damage patterns at the font facet, where the light leaves the device (red circle), while (b) shows the same region from the side. A channel is visible which burned into the device and ends ~80 µm underneath the front facet; see (c). Subfigure (d) shows the end of this channel in higher resolution. The quantum wells, i.e. the gain medium are well resolved.
2018 East China Normal University as ECNU High-End Expert, China
1999 Visitor at the RIKEN-Institute Sendai, Japan
1995 - present: Senior researcher at MBI
1993-1995: Visiting professor at Georgia Tech Atlanta, USA
1986-1989: R&D group leader in a subcontract "Optical characterization of II-VI materials for IR quantum detector fabrication".
1984-1986: R&D work in a subcontract to "Carl Zeiss Jena" company to develop diode lasers for an IR diode laser spectrometer.
1981-1984: PhD student, Dr. rer. nat. in Physics, summa cum laude, Humboldt University, Berlin 1984 Dissertation: Study of the optical properties of n-Pb1-xSnxTe/p-Pb1-xSnxTe/p-PbTe-heterostructures by means of photoluminescence and injection-luminescence.
1977-1982: Physics studies, Diploma in Physics summa cum laude, Humboldt University, Berlin 1982 Thesis: Luminescence properties of lead salts for optical and electrical excitation.
- Analysis of bulk and facet failures in AIGaAs-based high-power diode lasers SPIE Proceedings Series 8640 (2013) 86401F/1-10
- Surface InP/In0.48Ga0.52P quantum dots: Carrier recombination dynamics and their interaction with fluorescent dyes Journal of Applied Physics 114 (2013) 163510/1-5
- Microscopic origins of catastrophic optical damage in diode lasers IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 19 (2013) 1500508/1-8
- How does external feedback cause AIGaAs-based diode lasers to degrade? Applied Physics Letters 102 (2013) 023502/1-4
- High single-spatial-mode pulsed power from 980 nm emitting diode lasers Applied Physics Letters 101 (2012) 191105/1-5
- Near-field characteristics of broad-area diode lasers during catastrophic optical damage failure SPIE Proceedings Series 8432 (2012) 84320O/1-7
- Near-field evolution in strongly pumped broad area diode lasers SPIE Proceedings Series 8277 (2012) 82771H/1-8
- Catastrophic optical bulk damage in InP 7xx emitting quantum dot diode lasers Semiconductor Science and Technology 27 (2012) 102001/1-4
- Emulation of the operation and degradation of high-power laser bars using simulation tools Semiconductor Science and Technology 27 (2012) 094012/1-7
- Effect of uniaxial stress on electroluminescence, valence band modification, optical gain, and polarization modes in tensile strained p-AIGaAS/GaAsP/n-AIGaAS laser diode structures: Numerical calculations and experimental results Journal of Applied Physics 112 (2012) 093113/1-10
Juan Jiménez and Jens W. Tomm, "Spectroscopic Analysis of Optoelectronic Semiconductors", Springer Series in Optical Sciences Vol. 202 (Springer, 2016).
Jens W. Tomm and Juan Jiménez, "Quantum-Well Laser Array Packaging", Nanoscience and Technology Series (McGraw-Hill, 2007).