Mid-infrared diode lasers with type-II "W" active regions are analyzed using a fully microscopic many-body theory. The Auger carrier losses are found to dominate over radiative losses even at low temperatures. The experimentally observed strong temperature-dependent increase in Auger losses is shown to be a consequence of thermal gain reduction causing increased threshold carrier densities. Good agreement between theory and experiment is demonstrated for temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra as well as threshold loss currents.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)