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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 26 — Dec. 20, 2010
  • pp: 26879–26886

Near-field and far-field analysis of an azimuthally polarized slow Bloch mode microlaser

Thanh-Phong Vo, Adel Rahmani, Ali Belarouci, Christian Seassal, Dusan Nedeljkovic, and Ségolène Callard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 26, pp. 26879-26886 (2010)

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We report on the near- and far-field investigation of the slow Bloch modes associated with the Γ point of the Brillouin zone, for a honeycomb lattice photonic crystal, using near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) and infra-red CCD camera. The array of doughnut-shaped monopolar mode (mode M) inside each unit cell, predicted previously by numerical simulation, is experimentally observed in the near-field by means of a metal-coated NSOM tip. In far-field, we detect the azimuthal polarization of the doughnut laser beam due to destructive and constructive interference of the mode radiating from the surface (mode TEM01*). A divergence of 2° for the laser beam and a mode size of (12.8 ± 1) µm for the slow Bloch mode at the surface of the crystal are also estimated.

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OCIS Codes
(250.7270) Optoelectronics : Vertical emitting lasers
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 1, 2010
Published: December 4, 2010

Thanh-Phong Vo, Adel Rahmani, Ali Belarouci, Christian Seassal, Dusan Nedeljkovic, and Ségolène Callard, "Near-field and far-field analysis of an azimuthally polarized slow Bloch mode microlaser," Opt. Express 18, 26879-26886 (2010)

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