We demonstrate single-mode quantum cascade lasers employing a folded Fabry-Perot cavity consisting of two straight sections connected by a semicircular section in a “hairpin” shape. These folded cavity lasers emitting at 4.5μm are fabricated with identical processes as those for plain Fabry-Perot ridge lasers, and show a strong suppression of the comb of Fabry-Perot cavity modes, leading to tunable single-mode emission with up to 27 dB side mode suppression ratio and a single-mode operating current range of up to 60% above the threshold current when operated in pulsed mode; single-mode emission is achieved from 80 to 240K.

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