Enhanced stimulated emission in ZnO thin films using microdisk top-down structuring

Abstract : Microdisks were fabricated in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films using a top-down approach combining electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. These microdisk structured thin films exhibit a stimulated surface emission between 3 and 7 times higher than that from a reference film depending on the excitation power density. Emission peak narrowing, reduction in lasing threshold and blue-shifting of the emission wavelength were observed along with enhancement in the emitted intensity. Results indicate that this enhancement is due to an increase in the internal quantum efficiency combined with an amplification of the stimulated emission. An analysis in terms of waveguiding is presented in order to explain these effects. These results demonstrate that very significant gains in emission can be obtained through conventional microstructuration without the need for more onerous top-down nanostructuration techniques.
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Komla Nomenyo, A.-S. Gadallah, Sergei Kostcheev, D. J. Rogers, Gilles Lérondel. Enhanced stimulated emission in ZnO thin films using microdisk top-down structuring. Applied Physics Letters, American Institute of Physics, 2014, 104 (18), pp.181104. ⟨10.1063/1.4875744⟩. ⟨hal-02313714⟩

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