Room temperature plasmonic nanolasers

Teri W. Odom*

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Periodic dielectric structures typically require a planar waveguide to produce photonic band-edge modes for feedback in 1D distributed feedback lasers and 2D photonic crystal lasers. Photonic band-edge lasers are widely used in optics and biological applications, but limitations include low modulation speeds and diffraction-limited mode confinement. In contrast, plasmonic nanolasers can support ultrafast dynamics and ultrasmall mode volumes, but the most common designs based on an inorganic semiconducting wire and a planar metal film suffer from large radiative losses and lack far-field emission directionality. In this talk, we will discuss lasing action from band-edge lattice plasmons in arrays of plasmonic nanocavities in a homogeneous dielectric environment.1 Optically pumped, 2D arrays of plasmonic (Au, Ag) nanoparticles surrounded by an organic gain medium can show directional beam emission (divergence angle < 1.5° and linewidth < 1.3 nm) characteristic of lasing action in the far-field. Lasing in such hybrid systems can be achieved from stimulated energy transfer from the gain to the band-edge lattice plasmons in the deep subwavelength vicinity of individual nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Photonics Conference, IPC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781457715044
StatePublished - Dec 22 2014
Event27th IEEE Photonics Conference, IPC 2014 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2014Oct 16 2014

Publication series

Name2014 IEEE Photonics Conference, IPC 2014


Other27th IEEE Photonics Conference, IPC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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