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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 16 — Aug. 6, 2007
  • pp: 10427–10438

High transmission through ridge nano-apertures on Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

Zhilong Rao, Lambertus Hesselink, and James S. Harris  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 16, pp. 10427-10438 (2007)

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We report high-intensity nano-aperture Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) with sub-100nm near-field spots using ridge apertures. Power transmission efficiency through different ridge apertures, including bowtie, C, H and I-shaped apertures on VCSELs were studied. Significantly higher transmission efficiencies were obtained from the ridge apertures than those from conventional square apertures. Mechanisms for high transmission through the ridge apertures are explained through simulation and waveguide theory. A new quadruple-ridge aperture is proposed and designed via simulation. With the high-intensity and small spot size, VCSELs using these ridge nano-apertures are very promising means to realize applications such as ultrahigh-density near-field optical data storage and ultrahigh-resolution near-field imaging etc.

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OCIS Codes
(210.4770) Optical data storage : Optical recording
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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Original Manuscript: June 11, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2007
Published: August 2, 2007

Zhilong Rao, Lambertus Hesselink, and James S. Harris, "High transmission through ridge nano-apertures on Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers," Opt. Express 15, 10427-10438 (2007)

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