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Bottom-up Photonic Crystal Lasers

Scofield, Adam C. and Kim, Se-Heon and Shapiro, Joshua N. and Lin, Andrew and Liang, Baolai and Scherer, Axel and Huffaker, Diana L. (2011) Bottom-up Photonic Crystal Lasers. Nano Letters, 11 (12). pp. 5387-5390. ISSN 1530-6984.

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The directed growth of III–V nanopillars is used to demonstrate bottom-up photonic crystal lasers. Simultaneous formation of both the photonic band gap and active gain region is achieved via catalyst-free selective-area metal–organic chemical vapor deposition on masked GaAs substrates. The nanopillars implement a GaAs/InGaAs/GaAs axial double heterostructure for accurate, arbitrary placement of gain within the cavity and lateral InGaP shells to reduce surface recombination. The lasers operate single-mode at room temperature with low threshold peak power density of ~625 W/cm^2. Cavity resonance and lasing wavelength is lithographically defined by controlling pillar pitch and diameter to vary from 960 to 989 nm. We envision this bottom-up approach to pillar-based devices as a new platform for photonic systems integration.

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Additional Information:© 2011 American Chemical Society. Received: August 30, 2011 Revised: November 8, 2011. Publication Date (Web): November 18, 2011. The authors gratefully acknowledge support from Dr. Gernot Pomrenke and Dr. Kitt Reinhardt of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Grant FA9550-08-1-0198), (Grant FA9550-09-1-0270), the National Science Foundation (Grant ECCS-0824273), (Grant DMR-1007051), and the United States Department of Defense (Grant NSSEFF N00244-09-1-0091). J.N.S. acknowledges support from the NSF Clean Energy for Green Industry IGERT (Grant DGE-0903720). Caltech authors would like to acknowledge support fromtheDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency under the Nanoscale Architecture for Coherent Hyperoptical Sources program (Grant W911NF-07-1-0277).
Group:Kavli Nanoscience Institute
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Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)FA9550-08-1-0198
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)FA9550-09-1-0270
Department of Defense (DOD)NSSEFF N00244-09-1-0091
NSF Clean Energy for Green Industry IGERTDGE-0903720
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Nanoscale Architecture for Coherent Hyperoptical Sources ProgramW911NF-07-1-0277
Subject Keywords:Nanopillar, nanowire, photonic crystal laser, low threshold
Issue or Number:12
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Official Citation: Bottom-up Photonic Crystal Lasers Adam C. Scofield, Se-Heon Kim, Joshua N. Shapiro, Andrew Lin, Baolai Liang, Axel Scherer, and Diana L. Huffaker Nano Letters 2011 11 (12), 5387-5390
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:13 Jan 2012 22:59
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