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. Facet degradation of high-power diode laser arrays

    J. W. Tomm, E. Thamm, A. Baerwolff, T. Elsaesser, J. Luft, M. Baeumler, K. S. Mueller, W. Jantz, I. Rechenberg, G. Erbert

    Applied Physics A 70 (2000) 377-381
  2. Near-field photocurrent spectroscopy in diode laser devices

    J. W. Tomm, T. Günther, Ch. Lienau, A. Gerhardt, J. Donecker

    J. Crystal Growth 210 (2000) 296-302
  3. Selective excitation and photoinduced bleaching of defects in InAlGaAs/GaAs high-power diode lasers

    J. W. Tomm, A. Bärwolff, T. Elsaesser, J. Luft

    Applied Physics Letters 77 (2000) 747-749
  4. Aging Properties of 840 nm ion-implanted VCSEL's monitored by analysis of their photoelectric properties

    J.W. Tomm, A. Bärwolff

    SPIE Proceedings 3946 (2000) 30-5
  5. Carrier transfer in self-assembled coupled InAs/GaAs quantum dots

    G. Tarasov, Yu. I. Mazur, Z.Ya.Zhuchenko, A. Maaßdorf, D. Nickel, J.W. Tomm, H. Kissel, C. Walther, W.T. Masselink

    Journal of Applied Physics 88 (2000) 7162-7170
  6. Transient thermal behavior of high power diode laser arrays

    R. Puchert, A. Bärwolff, M. Voss, U. Menzel, J.W. Tomm, J. Luft

    IEEE Transactions on Components Packing and Manufacturing Technics Part B 23 (2000) 95-100
  7. Photocurrent spectroscopy of QW GRIN laser structures

    K. H. Herrmann, Hessa Al-Otaibi, J. W. Tomm

    Materials Science and Engineering B 74 (2000) 61-65
  8. High-power broad-area diode lasers and laser bars

    G. Erbert, A. Bärwolff, J. Sebastian, J.W. Tomm

    High-power diode lasers, Fundamentals, Technology, Applications, R. Diehl (Ed.), Springer Verlag, Berlin 78 (2000) 173-223
  9. Effect of high-temperature annealing on GalnP/GaAs HBT structures grown by LP-MOVPE

    F. Brunner, E. Richter, T. Bergunde, I. Rechenberg, A. Bhattacharya, A. Maassdorf, J. W. Tomm, P. Kurpas, M. Achouche, J. Würfel, M. Weyers

    Journal of Electronic Materials 29 (2000) 205-209
  10. Strained InGaAs/GaPAsSb heterostructures grown on GaAs (001) for optoelectronic applications in the 1100 nm-1550 nm range

    W. Braun, P. Dowd, C.-Z. Guo, S.-L. Chen, C. M. Ryu, U. Koelle, S. R. Johnson, Y.-H. Zhang, J. W. Tomm, T. Elsaesser, D. J. Smith

    Journal of Applied Physics 88 (2000) 3004-3014

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).