Deep-UV optical gain has been demonstrated in Al 0.7Ga 0.3N/AlN multiple quantum wells under femtosecond optical pumping. Samples were grown by molecular beam epitaxy under a growth mode that introduces band structure potential fluctuations and high-density nanocluster-like features within the AlGaN wells. A maximum net modal gain value of 118 ± 9 cm -1 has been measured and the transparency threshold of 5 ± 1 μJ/cm 2 was experimentally determined, corresponding to 1.4 × 10 17cm -3 excited carriers. These findings pave the way for the demonstration of solid-state lasers with sub-250 nm emission at room temperature.
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