Intraband carrier photoexcitation in quantum dot lasers
We unveil the role of bound-to-continuum photoexcitation of carriers as a relevant process that affects the performance of quantum dot (OD) lasers. We present the response of an InAs/InGaAs QD laser to a sub-band gap pump, showing an unexpected depletion of the emitted photons. We relate this observation with carrier photoexcitation through additional transmission and photocurrent measurements. We provide a theoretical support to the experimental data and highlight the important role of this process in the laser characteristics.