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.
- The impact of temperature and strain-induced band gap variations on current competition and emitter power in laser bars Applied Physics Letters 98 (2011) 241108/1-3
- Imaging catastrophic optical mirror damage in high-power diode lasers Journal of Electronic Materials 39 (2010) 709-714
- Physical limits of semiconductor laser operation: A time-resolved analysis of catastrophic optical damage Applied Physics Letters 97 (2010) 021110/1-3
- Defect imaging in laser diodes by mapping their near-infrared emission Journal of Electronic Materials 39 (2010) 723-726
- InGaAs tunnel-injection structures with nanobridges: Excitation transfer and luminescence kinetics Semiconductors 44 (2010) 1050-1058
- Temperature dependent luminescence from quantum dot arrays: phonon-assisted line broadening versus carrier escape-induced narrowing physica status solidi (b) 247 (2010) 347-352
- Time-resolved analysis of catastrophic optical damage in 975 nm emitting diode lasers Applied Physics Letters 96 (2010) 251105/1-3
- Catastrophic optical damage at front and rear facets of diode lasers Applied Physics Letters 97 (2010) 231101/1-3
- Extrinsic contributions to photocurrents from quantum-wells Journal of Applied Physics 108 (2010) 013103/1-6
- Time resolved studies of catastrophic optical mirror damage in red-emitting laser diodes Journal of Applied Physics 107 (2010) 123116/1-7
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).