MBI Staff Member – Personal info

Research

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.

 

Curriculum vitae

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.

MBI Publications

  1. Transient thermal tuning properties of single emitters in actively cooled high-power cm-bar arrays

    J.W. Tomm, F. Weik, A. Gerhardt, T.Q. Tran, J. Biesenbach, H. Müntz, G. Seibold

    SPIE Proceedings 5336 (2004) 125-131
  2. Properties of As+-implanted and annealed GaAs and InGaAs quantum-wells: structural and band-structure modifications

    J. W. Tomm, V. Strelchuk, A. Gerhard, U. Zeimer, M. Zorn, H. Kissel, M. Weyers, J. Jiménez

    Journal of Applied Physics 95 (2004) 1122-1126
  3. Quantitative spectroscopic strain analysis of AlGaAs-based high-power diode laser devices

    J. W. Tomm, A. Gerhard, M.L. Biermann, J.P. Holland

    The European Physical Journal - Applied Physics 27 (2004) 461-464
  4. Transient spectroscopy of InAs quantum dot molecules

    V.G. Talalaev, J.W. Tomm, N.D. Zakharov, P. Werner, B.V. Novikov, A.A. Tonkikh

    Applied Physics Letters 85 (2004) 284-286
  5. Spectroscopy of exciton states of InAs quantum molecules

    V.G. Talalaev, J.W. Tomm, N.D. Zakharov, P. Werner, B.V. Novikov, G.É. Cirlin, Yu. B. Samsonenko, A.A. Tonkikh, V.A. Egorov, N.K. Polyakov, V.M. Unstinov

    Semiconductors 38 (2004) 696-701
  6. Optical properties and carrier dynamics of InP quantum dots embedded in GaP

    F. Hatami, L. Schrottke, J.W. Tomm, V. Talalaev, C. Kristukat, A.R. Goni, W.T. Masselink

    SPIE Proceedings 5352 (2004) 77-89
  7. Mid-infrared light sources at room temperature based on lead chalcogenides

    R. Glatthaar, J. Nurnus, U. Vetter, D. Szewczyk, A. Lambrecht, F. Weik, J.W. Tomm

    SPIE Proceedings 5459 (2004) 54-60
  8. Device deformation during low-frequency pulsed operation of high-power diode bars

    A. Gerhardt, F. Weik, T.Q. Tran, J.W. Tomm, T. Elsaesser, J. Biesenbach, H. Müntz, G. Seibold, M.L. Biermann

    Applied Physics Letters 84 (2004) 3525-3527
  9. Simultaneous quantitative determination of strain and defect profiles within the active region along high-power diode laser bars by micro-photocurrent mapping

    A. Gerhardt, J.W. Tomm, S. Schwirzke-Schaaf, J. Nagle, M. Oudart, Y. Sainte-Marie

    The European Physical Journal - Applied Physics 27 (2004) 451-454
  10. Spectroscopic method of strain analysis in semiconductor quantum-well devices

    M.L. Biermann, St. Duran, K. Peterson, A. Gerhardt, J.W. Tomm, W. Trzeciakowski, A. Bercha

    Journal of Applied Physics 96 (2004) 4056-4065

Other Publications

Books

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).