Lasing-Mode Switch of a Hexagonal ZnO Pyramid Driven by Pressure within a Diamond Anvil Cell

Yadong Huang, Liu Yang, Chang Liu, Xinxia Liu, Junsong Liu, Xiaoping Huang, Pinwen Zhu, Tian Cui, Cheng Sun, Yongjun Bao*

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Nanolasers are expected to be integrated on chips as miniaturized coherent light sources, and their application is strongly dependent on their lasing behavior. In this work, the lasing behavior of a single hexagonal ZnO pyramid (HZOP) is tailored by tuning the electronic bandgap with pressure. The lasing of the HZOP nanolaser is dominated by a helical whispering-gallery-like mode, and the lasing threshold varies little with increasing pressure. All lasing peaks of HZOP are limited in a spectral prescreen window on the right shoulder of the fluorescence emission and gradually blue-shift accompanied by several abrupt hops with increasing pressure. This feature of a spectral prescreen window originates from the strong coupling between excitons, and the coupling is described by a dispersive complex refractive index. These results provide a new perspective to tune and switch the lasing mode of a nanolaser with precision by the pressure-induced bandgap broadening of a semiconductor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-616
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 7 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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