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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 6 — Mar. 14, 2011
  • pp: 5551–5558

A reversibly tunable photonic crystal nanocavity laser using photochromic thin film

Deepak Sridharan, Ranojoy Bose, Hyochul Kim, Glenn S. Solomon, and Edo Waks  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 6, pp. 5551-5558 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.005551


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Abstract

We demonstrate a reversibly tunable photonic crystal quantum dot laser using a photochromic thin film. The laser is composed of a photonic crystal cavity with a bare cavity Q as high as 4500 coupled to a high density ensemble of indium arsenide quantum dots. By depositing a thin layer of photochromic material on the photonic crystal cavities, the laser can be optically tuned smoothly and reversibly over a wavelength range of 2.68 nm. Lasing is observed at temperatures as high as 80 K in the 900-1000 nm near-infrared wavelength range. The spontaneous emission coupling factor is measured to be as high as β = 0.41, indicating that the laser operates in the high-β regime.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 13, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2011
Published: March 10, 2011

Citation
Deepak Sridharan, Ranojoy Bose, Hyochul Kim, Glenn S. Solomon, and Edo Waks, "A reversibly tunable photonic crystal nanocavity laser using photochromic thin film," Opt. Express 19, 5551-5558 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-6-5551


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