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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 25 — Dec. 10, 2007
  • pp: 17291–17304

High Q whispering gallery modes in GaAs/AlAs pillar microcavities

Y.-R. Nowicki-Bringuier, J. Claudon, C. Böckler, S. Reitzenstein, M. Kamp, A. Morand, A. Forchel, and J. M. Gérard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 25, pp. 17291-17304 (2007)

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We report the observation of whispering gallery modes (WGM) in high quality GaAs/AlAs pillar microcavities defined by electron-beam lithography and electron cyclotron resonance reactive ion etching. Photoluminescence experiments, conducted using InAs quantum dots as an internal probe, reveal a remarkably simple WGM spectrum, consisting of a single series of TE modes. For diameters ranging from 3 to 4 µm, Q-factors in excess of 15 000 were measured, allowing for WGM lasing. Noticeably, sub-micron diameter micropillars also display high Qs (~1000), close to the limit set by intrinsic radiative losses. These results open the way to the development of original microlasers and improved quantum-dot single photon sources.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities
(140.3948) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavity devices
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Rings, Disks, and Other Cavities

Original Manuscript: October 8, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2007
Published: December 10, 2007

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Y.-R. Nowicki-Bringuier, J. Claudon, C. Böckler, S. Reitzenstein, M. Kamp, A. Morand, A. Forchel, and J. M. Gérard, "High Q whispering gallery modes in GaAs/AlAs pillar microcavities," Opt. Express 15, 17291-17304 (2007)

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