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Size reduction of a semiconductor nanowire laser by using metal coating
Author(s): A. V. Maslov; C. Z. Ning
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Paper Abstract

We explore the possibility of coating semiconductor nanowires with metal (Ag) to reduce the size of nanowire lasers operating at photon energies around 0.8-2 eV. Our results show that the material gain of a typical III-V semiconductor in nanowire may be sufficient to compensate Joule losses of such metal as Ag. The most promising mode to achieve lasing is TM01 near its cutoff. To calculate the guiding properties of metal coated nanowires, we developed a finite-difference discretization approach, the details of which we also present. This approach allowed us to treat accurately the large index contrast of the nanowire/metal interface and to include nonperturbatively the imaginary parts of dielectric constants of the semiconductor core and metal coating.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6468, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XV, 64680I (22 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.723786
Show Author Affiliations
A. V. Maslov, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
C. Z. Ning, Arizona State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6468:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XV
Marek Osinski; Fritz Henneberger; Yasuhiko Arakawa, Editor(s)

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