The modal gain spectra and internal optical mode loss of a semiconductor laser structure containing a single layer of InGaAs quantum dots have been measured independently and directly as a function of current density. The quantum dot gain exhibits no obvious polarization dependence. The maximum modal gain of ( 11 ±4) cm-1 obtained from the ground state of a single layer of quantum dots is in this case insufficient for lasing operation since the internal optical mode loss measured on the same sample is (11 ±4) cm-1. As expected laser emission is not observed from the dot ground state, but from the excited dot state or from the wetting layer depending on device length.
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