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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 18 — Aug. 31, 2009
  • pp: 15975–15982

Photonic crystal nanocavity laser with a single quantum dot gain

Masahiro Nomura, Naoto Kumagai, Satoshi Iwamoto, Yasutomo Ota, and Yasuhiko Arakawa  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 18, pp. 15975-15982 (2009)

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We demonstrate a photonic crystal nanocavity laser essentially driven by a self-assembled InAs/GaAs single quantum dot gain. The investigated nanocavities contain only 0.4 quantum dots on an average; an ultra-low density quantum dot sample (1.5 x 108 cm−2) is used so that a single quantum dot can be isolated from the surrounding quantum dots. Laser oscillation begins at a pump power of 42 nW under resonant condition, while the far-detuning conditions require ~145 nW for lasing. This spectral detuning dependence of laser threshold indicates substantial contribution of the single quantum dot to the total gain. Moreover, photon correlation measurements show a distinct transition from anti-bunching to Poissonian via bunching with the increase of the excitation power, which is also an evidence of laser oscillation using the single quantum dot gain.

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OCIS Codes
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals
(130.3990) Integrated optics : Micro-optical devices
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: July 31, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 18, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 18, 2009
Published: August 25, 2009

Masahiro Nomura, Naoto Kumagai, Satoshi Iwamoto, Yasutomo Ota, and Yasuhiko Arakawa, "Photonic crystal nanocavity laser with a single quantum dot gain," Opt. Express 17, 15975-15982 (2009)

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