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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 22 — Oct. 31, 2005
  • pp: 8819–8828

Photonic crystal nanocavity array laser

Hatice Altug and Jelena Vučković  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 22, pp. 8819-8828 (2005)

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We demonstrate a new type of laser composed of an array of coupled photonic crystal nanocavities that enables high differential quantum efficiency and output power, together with a low threshold power comparable to those of single photonic crystal cavity lasers. In our experiment, the laser efficiency increases faster than the lasing threshold with an increase in the number of coupled cavities. We observe a single mode lasing and measure the output powers that are two orders of magnitude higher than in single nanocavity lasers. Finally, we study the laser behavior theoretically and show that the benefits resulting from the coupling of cavities are due to strong cavity effects such as the enhanced spontaneous emission rate.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(270.3430) Quantum optics : Laser theory

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Original Manuscript: August 23, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 11, 2005
Published: October 31, 2005

Hatice Altug and Jelena Vu�?kovi�?, "Photonic crystal nanocavity array laser," Opt. Express 13, 8819-8828 (2005)

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