Abstract

Miniaturization has been an eternal theme for electronics and photonics since the dawn of the semiconductor era. Size reduction of photonic devices has been driven both by the rich physics and by promising applications in future nanophotonic systems. Micro cavity lasers have been topics of great interests for several decades in the photonics and physics communities due to their interesting photonic and quantum optical properties and their potential applications in integrated photonics systems. In the last decades, several new concepts of ever smaller lasers have been demonstrated such as photonics crystal lasers, microdisk lasers, photonic wire lasers, and nanowire lasers. While such designs and concepts have led to unprecedented size reduction of semiconductor lasers from their predecessors, further size reduction of dielectric-cavity lasers becomes exceedingly challenging when the wavelength becomes the eventual roadblock.1 At the same time, it is becoming increasingly clear that future lasers needed for energy efficient interconnects on a computer chip requires lasers of 100s nanometer in sizes 3. Pure dielectric lasers are not likely to provide good enough optical confinement in a gain medium down to such sizes with enough gain to overcome laser threshold.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication72nd Device Research Conference, DRC 2014 - Conference Digest
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages33-34
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781479954056
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event72nd Device Research Conference, DRC 2014 - Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2014Jun 25 2014

Publication series

NameDevice Research Conference - Conference Digest, DRC
ISSN (Print)1548-3770

Other

Other72nd Device Research Conference, DRC 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Barbara, CA
Period6/22/146/25/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Ning, C-Z., & Ding, K. (2014). Plasmonic and metallic cavity nanolasers: A new paradigm for semiconductor lasers? In 72nd Device Research Conference, DRC 2014 - Conference Digest (pp. 33-34). [6872286] (Device Research Conference - Conference Digest, DRC). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/DRC.2014.6872286