The Development of the Semiconductor Laser Diode after the First Demonstration in 1962
The time period between the first demonstrations of the semiconductor diode laser in 1962 and its pervasive commercialization in the 1990s was one of rapid exciting developments in materials growth, device design, processing and characterization. In this paper, we touch on a few of the many highlights of this period of development in order to provide a bridge between the technology of the first diode lasers and that of today's semiconductor laser research and commercialization.
James J. Coleman received the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. After working at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, and Rockwell International, Anaheim, he returned to Illinois where he holds the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He and his students are working on high-performance lasers, integrated lasers, and quantum dot photonic devices. Professor Coleman has published more than 425 papers in technical journals and holds 8 US patents. He was president of the IEEE Photonics Society in 2010 and 2011 and has won the SPIE Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Sarnoff Award, the OSA Holonyak Award, the ISCS Welker Award, and the IEEE Photonics Society Streifer Scientific Achievement Award. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, SPIE, APS, and AAAS.