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  2. We report continuous wave (cw) operation of a terahertz quantum-cascade vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser with an external cavity length of approximately 30 mm, benefited by an intra-cryostat focusing cavity. Compared to previous plano–plano cavities, an off-axis paraboloid mirror is introduced into the external cavity as a focusing element to reduce the diffraction loss and to enable cw lasing using small-area metasurfaces and long cavity lengths. The device shows lasing operation in the cw mode up to 111 K, and cw output power up to 11.5 mW at 77 K (0.5% wall-plug efficiency). A circular, directive beam pattern is collected, and free-running linewidths on the order of tens of kHz are measured over tens of seconds. 
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  3. Abstract

    Radiofrequency (RF) injection locking and spectral broadening of a terahertz (THz) quantum‐cascade vertical‐external‐cavity surface‐emitting laser (QC‐VECSEL) is demonstrated. An intracryostat VECSEL focusing cavity design is used to enable continuous‐wave lasing with a cavity length over 30 mm, which corresponds to a round‐trip frequency near 5 GHz. Strong RF current modulation is injected to the QC‐metasurface electrical bias to pull and lock the round‐trip frequency. The injection locking range at various RF injection powers is recorded and compared with the injection locking theory. Moreover, the lasing spectrum broadens from 14 GHz in free‐running mode to a maximum spectral width around 110 GHz with 20 dBm of injected RF power. This experimental setup is suitable for further exploration of active mode‐locking and picosecond pulse generation in THz QC‐VECSELs.

     
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