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An electrically pumped phonon-polariton laser

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Science Advances  12 Jul 2019:
Vol. 5, no. 7, eaau1632
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau1632

Abstract

We report a device that provides coherent emission of phonon polaritons, a mixed state between photons and optical phonons in an ionic crystal. An electrically pumped GaInAs/AlInAs quantum cascade structure provides intersubband gain into the polariton mode at λ = 26.3 μm, allowing self-oscillations close to the longitudinal optical phonon energy of AlAs. Because of the large computed phonon fraction of the polariton of 65%, the emission appears directly on a Raman spectrum measurement, exhibiting a Stokes and anti-Stokes component with the expected shift of 48 meV.

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