Multi-level multi-thermal-electron FDTD simulation of plasmonic interaction with semiconducting gain media: Applications to plasmonic amplifiers and nano-lasers

X. Chen, B. Bhola*, Y. Huang, S. T. Ho

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Abstract

Interactions between a semiconducting gain medium and confined plasmon-polaritons are studied using a multilevel multi-thermal-electron finite-difference time-domain (MLMTE-FDTD) simulator. We investigated the amplification of wave propagating in a plasmonic metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) waveguide filled with semiconductor gain medium and obtained the conditions required to achieve net optical gain. The MSM gain waveguide is used to form a plasmonic semiconductor nano-ring laser(PSNRL) with an effective mode volume of 0.0071μm3, which is about an order of magnitude smaller than the smallest demonstrated integrated photonic crystal based laser cavities. The simulation shows a lasing threshold current density of 1kA/cm2 for a 300nm outer diameter ring cavity with 80nm-wide ring. This current density can be realistically achieved in typical III-V semiconductor, which shows the experimental feasibility of the proposed PSNRL structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17220-17238
Number of pages19
JournalOptics Express
Volume18
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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