Rare-earth based lasing action in GaN semiconductor at the telecommunication wavelength of 1.5 μm has been demonstrated at room temperature. We have reported the stimulated emission under the above bandgap excitation from Er doped GaN epilayers prepared by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. Using the variable stripe technique, the observation of the stimulated emission has been demonstrated through characteristic features of threshold behavior of emission intensity as functions of pump intensity, excitation length, and spectral linewidth narrowing. Using the variable stripe setup, the optical gain up to 75 cm−1 has been obtained in the GaN:Er epilayers. The near infrared lasing from GaN semiconductor opens up new possibilities for extended functionalities and integration capabilities for optoelectronic devices.
- Infrared semiconductor laser
- Room temperature lasing