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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13479–13491

Plasmonic gap-mode nanocavities with metallic mirrors in high-index cladding

Pi-Ju Cheng, Chen-Ya Weng, Shu-Wei Chang, Tzy-Rong Lin, and Chung-Hao Tien  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13479-13491 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.013479


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Abstract

We theoretically analyze plasmonic gap-mode nanocavities covered by a thick cladding layer at telecommunication wavelengths. In the presence of high-index cladding materials such as semiconductors, the first-order hybrid gap mode becomes more promising for lasing than the fundamental one. Still, the significant mirror loss remains the main challenge to lasing. Using silver coatings within a decent thickness range at two end facets, we show that the reflectivity is substantially enhanced above 95 %. At a coating thickness of 50 nm and cavity length of 1.51 μm, the quality factor is about 150, and the threshold gain is lower than 1500 cm−1.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(250.5960) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2013
Published: May 29, 2013

Citation
Pi-Ju Cheng, Chen-Ya Weng, Shu-Wei Chang, Tzy-Rong Lin, and Chung-Hao Tien, "Plasmonic gap-mode nanocavities with metallic mirrors in high-index cladding," Opt. Express 21, 13479-13491 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-11-13479


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