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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 13676–13684

Tunable single-mode photonic lasing from zirconia inverse opal photonic crystals

Yoshiaki Nishijima, Keisei Ueno, Saulius Juodkazis, Vygantas Mizeikis, Hiroaki Misawa, Mitsuru Maeda, and Masashi Minaki  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 13676-13684 (2008)

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Lasing from zirconia inverse opal photonic crystal structures infiltrated by solutions of rhodamine dyes was found to exhibit single-mode lasing peaks with spectral width less than 1 nm and quality factor in excess of 4000. The lasing occurs within the approximate range of high-reflectance spectral region associated with photonic stop band along 〈111〉 crystallographic direction, but its wavelength is not fixed to the corresponding Bragg wavelength of the periodic structure, and depends on the spectral position of the gain band. This lasing regime can be useful for realizing tunable single-mode photonic crystal lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: July 25, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 17, 2008
Published: August 20, 2008

Hiroaki Misawa, Yoshiaki Nishijima, Keisei Ueno, Saulius Juodkazis, Vygantas Mizeikis, Mitsuru Maeda, and Masashi Minaki, "Tunable single-mode photonic lasing from zirconia inverse opal photonic crystals," Opt. Express 16, 13676-13684 (2008)

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