We report on the fabrication and operation of quantum cascade ring lasers providing grating-coupled surface emission. The devices exhibit tunable far fields, ranging from spot- to ring-shaped symmetric beam cross sections, depending on the grating period. This—along with threshold current densities as low as for comparable Fabry–Pérot lasers—demonstrates the compatibility of reduced beam divergence and two-dimensional integrability, resulting in an attractive light source for applications in midinfrared spectroscopy and imaging.
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