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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 16 — Aug. 11, 2014
  • pp: 19198–19203

Polarization control in GaN nanowire lasers

Huiwen Xu, Antonio Hurtado, Jeremy B. Wright, Changyi Li, Sheng Liu, Jeffrey J. Figiel, Ting-Shan Luk, Steven R. J. Brueck, Igal Brener, Ganesh Balakrishnan, Qiming Li, and George T. Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 16, pp. 19198-19203 (2014)

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We demonstrate polarization control in optically-pumped single GaN nanowire lasers fabricated by a top-down method. By placing the GaN nanowires onto gold substrates, the naturally occurring randomly orientated elliptical polarization of nanowire lasers is converted to a linear polarization that is oriented parallel to the substrate surface. Confirmed by simulation results, this polarization control is attributed to a polarization-dependent loss induced by the gold substrate, which breaks the mode degeneracy of the nanowire and forms two orthogonally polarized modes with largely different cavity losses.

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OCIS Codes
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(250.5960) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 28, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 24, 2014
Published: July 31, 2014

Huiwen Xu, Antonio Hurtado, Jeremy B. Wright, Changyi Li, Sheng Liu, Jeffrey J. Figiel, Ting-Shan Luk, Steven R. J. Brueck, Igal Brener, Ganesh Balakrishnan, Qiming Li, and George T. Wang, "Polarization control in GaN nanowire lasers," Opt. Express 22, 19198-19203 (2014)

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