Silver nanowires were used to enhance stimulated emission of Rhodamine 6G in a liquid random laser. Low-threshold coherent emission from the nanosecond-pulse-pumped random laser was achieved. Surface plasmonic resonance plays a key role in low-threshold operation of this random laser. The results demonstrate the ability of silver nanowires to enhance the stimulated emission, especially when the emission light from the dye molecules is far from the plasmonic resonance peak. Although the random laser shows different emission spectra in different directions, universal properties of strong interaction among multiple modes under different pump power densities were also demonstrated.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 24, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 5, 2013
Published: August 26, 2013
Yanyan Sun, Zhaona Wang, Xiaoyu Shi, Yanrong Wang, Xiaoye Zhao, Shujing Chen, Jinwei Shi, Jing Zhou, and Dahe Liu, "Coherent plasmonic random laser pumped by nanosecond pulses far from the resonance peak of silver nanowires," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 2523-2528 (2013)