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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 23 — Nov. 7, 2011
  • pp: 23504–23512

Efficient waveguide-coupling of metal-clad nanolaser cavities

Myung-Ki Kim, Amit M. Lakhani, and Ming C. Wu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 23504-23512 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.023504


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Abstract

Many remarkable semiconductor-based nanolaser cavities using metal have been reported in past few years. However, the efficient coupling of these small cavities to waveguides still remains a large challenge. Here, we show highly efficient coupling of a semiconductor-based metal-clad nanolaser cavity operating in the fundamental dielectric cavity mode to a silicon-on-insulator waveguide. By engineering the effective refractive index and the field distribution of the cavity mode, a coupling efficiency as high as 78% can be achieved for a metal-clad nanolaser with a modal volume of 0.28 (λ/n)3 while maintaining a high optical quality factor of > 600.

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OCIS Codes
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(250.5960) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor lasers

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: August 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 24, 2011
Published: November 3, 2011

Citation
Myung-Ki Kim, Amit M. Lakhani, and Ming C. Wu, "Efficient waveguide-coupling of metal-clad nanolaser cavities," Opt. Express 19, 23504-23512 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-23-23504


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