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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 16 — Jul. 30, 2012
  • pp: 17873–17879

Single-mode GaN nanowire lasers

Qiming Li, Jeremy B. Wright, Weng W. Chow, Ting Shan Luk, Igal Brener, Luke F. Lester, and George T. Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 16, pp. 17873-17879 (2012)

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We demonstrate stable, single-frequency output from single, as-fabricated GaN nanowire lasers operating far above lasing threshold. Each laser is a linear, double-facet GaN nanowire functioning as gain medium and optical resonator, fabricated by a top-down technique that exploits a tunable dry etch plus anisotropic wet etch for precise control of the nanowire dimensions and high material gain. A single-mode linewidth of ~0.12 nm and >18dB side-mode suppression ratio are measured. Numerical simulations indicate that single-mode lasing arises from strong mode competition and narrow gain bandwidth.

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OCIS Codes
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(250.5960) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 30, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 17, 2012
Published: July 20, 2012

Qiming Li, Jeremy B. Wright, Weng W. Chow, Ting Shan Luk, Igal Brener, Luke F. Lester, and George T. Wang, "Single-mode GaN nanowire lasers," Opt. Express 20, 17873-17879 (2012)

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