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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 9 — Jul. 6, 2010

Subwavelength metal-optic semiconductor nanopatch lasers

Kyoungsik Yu, Amit Lakhani, and Ming C. Wu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 8790-8799 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.008790


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Abstract

We report on near infrared semiconductor nanopatch lasers with subwavelength-scale physical dimensions (0.019 cubic wavelengths) and effective mode volumes (0.0017 cubic wavelengths). We observe lasing in the two most fundamental optical modes which resemble oscillating electrical and magnetic dipoles. The ultra-small laser volume is achieved with the presence of nanoscale metal patches which suppress electromagnetic radiation into free-space and convert a leaky cavity into a highly-confined subwavelength optical resonator. Such ultra-small lasers with metallodielectric cavities will enable broad applications in data storage, biological sensing, and on-chip optical communication.

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OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 2, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2010
Published: April 12, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Kyoungsik Yu, Amit Lakhani, and Ming C. Wu, "Subwavelength metal-optic semiconductor nanopatch lasers," Opt. Express 18, 8790-8799 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-9-8790


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