Nano-photonics: Devices and applications

M. K. Chin*, Seng-Tiong Ho

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An introduction to the emerging field of nano-photonics is given, with emphasis on device realizations and applications. Due to the small size and high efficiency of these devices, nano-photonics has the potential for high-density integration, leading to VLSI photonics. We discuss our work in recent years on the microdisk lasers, micro-ring photonic wire lasers, and microring resonators. These are among some of the smallest lasers and modulators ever fabricated. The physics of the modification of spontaneous emission rates with low-dimensional photonic structures is discussed briefly. The nanofabrications of these devices are described. A model of the microcavity resonator is then presented, which provides useful design rules as well as insights into alternative coupling structures that significantly increase the coupling length.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-185
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
EventFar- and Near-Field Optics: Physics and Information Processing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 23 1998Jul 24 1998


  • Lasers
  • Low-dimensional structures
  • Microcavities
  • Microdisks
  • Nano-fabrications
  • Nanophotonics
  • Photonic wires
  • Quantum well
  • Resonators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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