Abstract

We investigate electrically pumped, distributed feedback (DFB) lasers, based on gap-plasmon mode metallic waveguides. The waveguides have nano-scale widths below the diffraction limit and incorporate vertical groove Bragg gratings. These metallic Bragg gratings provide a broad bandwidth stop band (~500nm) with grating coupling coefficients of over 5000/cm. A strong suppression of spontaneous emission occurs in these Bragg grating cavities, over the stop band frequencies. This strong suppression manifests itself in our experimental results as a near absence of spontaneous emission and significantly reduced lasing thresholds when compared to similar length Fabry-Pérot waveguide cavities. Furthermore, the reduced threshold pumping requirements permits us to show strong line narrowing and super linear light current curves for these plasmon mode devices even at room temperature.

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2011 (1)

R.-M. Ma, R. F. Oulton, V. J. Sorger, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, “Room-temperature sub-diffraction-limited plasmon laser by total internal reflection,” Nat. Mater. 10(2), 110–113 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2010 (6)

K. Yu, A. Lakhani, and M. C. Wu, “Subwavelength metal-optic semiconductor nanopatch lasers,” Opt. Express 18(9), 8790–8799 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. P. Nezhad, A. Simic, O. Bondarenko, B. Slutsky, A. Mizrahi, L. Feng, V. Lomakin, and Y. Fainman, “Room-temperature subwavelength metallo-dielectric lasers,” Nat. Photonics 4(6), 395–399 (2010).
[CrossRef]

S. H. Kwon, J. H. Kang, C. Seassal, S. K. Kim, P. Regreny, Y. H. Lee, C. M. Lieber, and H. G. Park, “Subwavelength plasmonic lasing from a semiconductor nanodisk with silver nanopan cavity,” Nano Lett. 10(9), 3679–3683 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S.-W. Chang, T.-R. Lin, and S. L. Chuang, “Theory of plasmonic Fabry-Perot nanolasers,” Opt. Express 18(14), 15039–15053 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Huang, S.-H. Kim, and A. Scherer, “Design of a surface-emitting, subwavelength metal-clad disk laser in the visible spectrum,” Opt. Express 18(19), 19581–19591 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. Zhang, L. J. Wang, J. C. Zhang, Q. D. Zhang, L. Li, J. Q. Liu, F. Q. Liu, and Z. G. Wang, “Stable single-mode distributed feedback quantum cascade laser with surface metal grating,” J. Phys. D Appl. Phys. 43(38), 385103 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2009 (5)

M. T. Hill, M. Marell, E. S. P. Leong, B. Smalbrugge, Y. Zhu, M. Sun, P. J. van Veldhoven, E. J. Geluk, F. Karouta, Y.-S. Oei, R. Nötzel, C.-Z. Ning, and M. K. Smit, “Lasing in metal-insulator-metal sub-wavelength plasmonic waveguides,” Opt. Express 17(13), 11107–11112 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. T. Hill, “Metallic nano-cavity lasers at near infrared wavelengths,” Proc. SPIE 7394, 739409 (2009).
[CrossRef]

M. A. Noginov, G. A. Zhu, A. M. Belgrave, R. Bakker, V. M. Shalaev, E. E. Narimanov, S. Stout, E. Herz, T. Suteewong, and U. Wiesner, “Demonstration of a spaser-based nanolaser,” Nature 460(7259), 1110–1112 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. F. Oulton, V. J. Sorger, T. Zentgraf, R.-M. Ma, C. Gladden, L. Dai, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, “Plasmon lasers at deep subwavelength scale,” Nature 461(7264), 629–632 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Perahia, T. P. M. Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, and O. Painter, “Surface-plasmon mode hybridization in subwavelength microdisk lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 95(20), 201114 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2007 (3)

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Z. Han, E. Forsberg, and S. He, “Surface plasmon Bragg gratings formed in metal-insulator-metal waveguides,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19(2), 91–93 (2007).
[CrossRef]

M. T. Hill, Y.-S. Oei, B. Smalbrugge, Y. Zhu, T. de Vries, P. J. van Veldhoven, F. W. M. van Otten, T. J. Eijkemans, J. P. Turkiewicz, H. de Waardt, E. J. Geluk, S.-H. Kwon, Y.-H. Lee, R. Nötzel, and M. K. Smit, “Lasing in metallic-coated nanocavities,” Nat. Photonics 1(10), 589–594 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2005 (1)

F. Kusunoki, T. Yotsuya, J. Takahara, and T. Kobayashi, “Propagation properties of guided waves in index-guided two-dimensional optical waveguide,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 86(21), 211101 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (2)

R. Zia, M. D. Selker, P. B. Catrysse, and M. L. Brongersma, “Geometries and materials for subwavelength surface plasmon modes,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21(12), 2442–2446 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Lodahl, A. Floris Van Driel, I. S. Nikolaev, A. Irman, K. Overgaag, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and W. L. Vos, “Controlling the dynamics of spontaneous emission from quantum dots by photonic crystals,” Nature 430(7000), 654–657 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003 (1)

D. J. Bergman and M. I. Stockman, “Surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation: quantum generation of coherent surface plasmons in nanosystems,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 90(2), 027402 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1999 (1)

J.-K. Hwang, H.-Y. Ryu, and Y.-H. Lee, “Spontaneous emission rate of an electric dipole in a general microcavity,” Phys. Rev. B 60(7), 4688–4695 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

S. Nilsson, T. Kjellberg, T. Klinga, R. Schatz, J. Wallin, and K. Streubel, “Improved spectral characteristics of MQW-DFB lasers by incorporation of multiple phase-shifts,” J. Lightwave Technol. 13(3), 434–441 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

E. Yablonovitch, R. Bhat, C. E. Zah, T. J. Gmitter, and M. A. Koza, “Nearly ideal InP/In0.53Ga0.47As heterojunction regrowth on chemically prepared In0.53Ga0.47As surfaces,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 60(3), 371–373 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991 (1)

A. Forchel, A. Menschig, B. E. Maile, H. Leier, and R. Germann, “Transport and optical properties of semiconductor quantum wires,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 9(2), 444–450 (1991).
[CrossRef]

1987 (1)

E. Yablonovitch, “Inhibited spontaneous emission in solid-state physics and electronics,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 58(20), 2059–2062 (1987).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1986 (1)

E. Zielinski, H. Schweizer, K. Streubel, H. Eisele, and G. Weimann, “Excitonic transitions and exciton damping processes in InGaAs/InP,” J. Appl. Phys. 59(6), 2196–2204 (1986).
[CrossRef]

1972 (1)

P. B. Johnson and R. W. Christy, “Optical constants of the noble metals,” Phys. Rev. B 6(12), 4370–4379 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Alegre, T. P. M.

R. Perahia, T. P. M. Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, and O. Painter, “Surface-plasmon mode hybridization in subwavelength microdisk lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 95(20), 201114 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Audet, R.

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bakker, R.

M. A. Noginov, G. A. Zhu, A. M. Belgrave, R. Bakker, V. M. Shalaev, E. E. Narimanov, S. Stout, E. Herz, T. Suteewong, and U. Wiesner, “Demonstration of a spaser-based nanolaser,” Nature 460(7259), 1110–1112 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bartal, G.

R.-M. Ma, R. F. Oulton, V. J. Sorger, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, “Room-temperature sub-diffraction-limited plasmon laser by total internal reflection,” Nat. Mater. 10(2), 110–113 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. F. Oulton, V. J. Sorger, T. Zentgraf, R.-M. Ma, C. Gladden, L. Dai, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, “Plasmon lasers at deep subwavelength scale,” Nature 461(7264), 629–632 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Belgrave, A. M.

M. A. Noginov, G. A. Zhu, A. M. Belgrave, R. Bakker, V. M. Shalaev, E. E. Narimanov, S. Stout, E. Herz, T. Suteewong, and U. Wiesner, “Demonstration of a spaser-based nanolaser,” Nature 460(7259), 1110–1112 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Belkin, M. A.

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bergman, D. J.

D. J. Bergman and M. I. Stockman, “Surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation: quantum generation of coherent surface plasmons in nanosystems,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 90(2), 027402 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bhat, R.

E. Yablonovitch, R. Bhat, C. E. Zah, T. J. Gmitter, and M. A. Koza, “Nearly ideal InP/In0.53Ga0.47As heterojunction regrowth on chemically prepared In0.53Ga0.47As surfaces,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 60(3), 371–373 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Bondarenko, O.

M. P. Nezhad, A. Simic, O. Bondarenko, B. Slutsky, A. Mizrahi, L. Feng, V. Lomakin, and Y. Fainman, “Room-temperature subwavelength metallo-dielectric lasers,” Nat. Photonics 4(6), 395–399 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Bour, D.

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Brongersma, M. L.

Capasso, F.

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Catrysse, P. B.

Chang, S.-W.

Chapman, D.

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Christy, R. W.

P. B. Johnson and R. W. Christy, “Optical constants of the noble metals,” Phys. Rev. B 6(12), 4370–4379 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Chuang, S. L.

Corzine, S.

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Dai, L.

R. F. Oulton, V. J. Sorger, T. Zentgraf, R.-M. Ma, C. Gladden, L. Dai, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, “Plasmon lasers at deep subwavelength scale,” Nature 461(7264), 629–632 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

de Vries, T.

M. T. Hill, Y.-S. Oei, B. Smalbrugge, Y. Zhu, T. de Vries, P. J. van Veldhoven, F. W. M. van Otten, T. J. Eijkemans, J. P. Turkiewicz, H. de Waardt, E. J. Geluk, S.-H. Kwon, Y.-H. Lee, R. Nötzel, and M. K. Smit, “Lasing in metallic-coated nanocavities,” Nat. Photonics 1(10), 589–594 (2007).
[CrossRef]

de Waardt, H.

M. T. Hill, Y.-S. Oei, B. Smalbrugge, Y. Zhu, T. de Vries, P. J. van Veldhoven, F. W. M. van Otten, T. J. Eijkemans, J. P. Turkiewicz, H. de Waardt, E. J. Geluk, S.-H. Kwon, Y.-H. Lee, R. Nötzel, and M. K. Smit, “Lasing in metallic-coated nanocavities,” Nat. Photonics 1(10), 589–594 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Diehl, L.

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Eijkemans, T. J.

M. T. Hill, Y.-S. Oei, B. Smalbrugge, Y. Zhu, T. de Vries, P. J. van Veldhoven, F. W. M. van Otten, T. J. Eijkemans, J. P. Turkiewicz, H. de Waardt, E. J. Geluk, S.-H. Kwon, Y.-H. Lee, R. Nötzel, and M. K. Smit, “Lasing in metallic-coated nanocavities,” Nat. Photonics 1(10), 589–594 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Eisele, H.

E. Zielinski, H. Schweizer, K. Streubel, H. Eisele, and G. Weimann, “Excitonic transitions and exciton damping processes in InGaAs/InP,” J. Appl. Phys. 59(6), 2196–2204 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Fainman, Y.

M. P. Nezhad, A. Simic, O. Bondarenko, B. Slutsky, A. Mizrahi, L. Feng, V. Lomakin, and Y. Fainman, “Room-temperature subwavelength metallo-dielectric lasers,” Nat. Photonics 4(6), 395–399 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Faist, J.

B. G. Lee, M. A. Belkin, R. Audet, J. MacArthur, L. Diehl, C. Pflügl, F. Capasso, D. C. Oakley, D. Chapman, A. Napoleone, D. Bour, S. Corzine, G. Höfler, and J. Faist, “Widely tunable single-mode quantum cascade laser source for mid-infrared spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 91(23), 231101 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Feng, L.

M. P. Nezhad, A. Simic, O. Bondarenko, B. Slutsky, A. Mizrahi, L. Feng, V. Lomakin, and Y. Fainman, “Room-temperature subwavelength metallo-dielectric lasers,” Nat. Photonics 4(6), 395–399 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Floris Van Driel, A.

P. Lodahl, A. Floris Van Driel, I. S. Nikolaev, A. Irman, K. Overgaag, D. Vanmaekelbergh, and W. L. Vos, “Controlling the dynamics of spontaneous emission from quantum dots by photonic crystals,” Nature 430(7000), 654–657 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Forchel, A.

A. Forchel, A. Menschig, B. E. Maile, H. Leier, and R. Germann, “Transport and optical properties of semiconductor quantum wires,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 9(2), 444–450 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Forsberg, E.

Z. Han, E. Forsberg, and S. He, “Surface plasmon Bragg gratings formed in metal-insulator-metal waveguides,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19(2), 91–93 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Geluk, E. J.

M. T. Hill, M. Marell, E. S. P. Leong, B. Smalbrugge, Y. Zhu, M. Sun, P. J. van Veldhoven, E. J. Geluk, F. Karouta, Y.-S. Oei, R. Nötzel, C.-Z. Ning, and M. K. Smit, “Lasing in metal-insulator-metal sub-wavelength plasmonic waveguides,” Opt. Express 17(13), 11107–11112 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. T. Hill, Y.-S. Oei, B. Smalbrugge, Y. Zhu, T. de Vries, P. J. van Veldhoven, F. W. M. van Otten, T. J. Eijkemans, J. P. Turkiewicz, H. de Waardt, E. J. Geluk, S.-H. Kwon, Y.-H. Lee, R. Nötzel, and M. K. Smit, “Lasing in metallic-coated nanocavities,” Nat. Photonics 1(10), 589–594 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Germann, R.

A. Forchel, A. Menschig, B. E. Maile, H. Leier, and R. Germann, “Transport and optical properties of semiconductor quantum wires,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 9(2), 444–450 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Gladden, C.

R. F. Oulton, V. J. Sorger, T. Zentgraf, R.-M. Ma, C. Gladden, L. Dai, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, “Plasmon lasers at deep subwavelength scale,” Nature 461(7264), 629–632 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gmitter, T. J.

E. Yablonovitch, R. Bhat, C. E. Zah, T. J. Gmitter, and M. A. Koza, “Nearly ideal InP/In0.53Ga0.47As heterojunction regrowth on chemically prepared In0.53Ga0.47As surfaces,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 60(3), 371–373 (1992).
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Figures (9)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Schematic overview of the device. The semiconductor core consists of an InP/InGaAs/InP heterojunction. The core is shielded from the silver cladding by a SiNx layer. (b) Shows a top view of a single grating section.The characteristic parameters of the structure are wc, wg and Lp, which represent the width of the waveguide core, the width of a grating section and the period of the grating. tm and td are the thicknesses of the metal cladding and dielectric insulation layer respectively. A quarter wavelength phase shift is placed in the center of the grating.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Typical reflection spectrum from a three period vertical groove grating, based on the M-I-S-I-M waveguide structure, wc = 100 nm + x nm, red x = 80, magenta x = 60, green x = 40, blue x = 20, td = 20 nm .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Simulated electric field intensity (|E|2) plot of a slice through the waveguide (z = 0 plane). The plot shows the existence of a well confined cavity mode centred on the InGaAs layer. Furthermore, that the field is strongest in the SiNx region between the semiconductor and the metal. (b) Field distribution of the mode at the Bragg wavelength with the mode centered on the quarter wavelength phase shift, and also at the first band-edge mode, where the mode is spread out through the grating. Plots show slices through the z = 0 plane.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Scanning electron microscope (SEM) photo of the DFB structure without the surrounding silver and nitride layer. All scale bars represents 100 nm. (b) A cross-section of DFB structure, with surrounding silver and gold layers. The dark line between the metal cladding and the semiconductor core is the nitride insulation layer. The width of the semiconductor core is approximately 100 nm.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

(a) A number of spectra at various injection currents with core width wc ~140nm at 80K, blue 500 μA, green 700 μA, red 3000 μA. Far above threshold the laser peak is 21 dB above any other grating peaks. Note the near absence of any spontaneous emission pedestal. The wavelength shift due to higher current is due to reduced refractive index at higher carrier densities. (b) Plot of lasing wavelength of a number of DFB lasers versus the grating period. Points clustered on the upper line represent devices which lased at the grating Bragg wavelength. Points clustered on the lower line represent devices which lased at a grating band edge wavelength.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

(a) Light in the lasing mode versus injection current (circles). Shows super-linear behavior and can be fit to a rate equation model (red line). (b) Circles give the extracted spontaneous emission outside the grating modes. The levels are very low compared to the lasing light and were indiscernible from the spectrometer noise. Red line is from rate equation model and is shown for completeness.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

(a) A number of spectra at various injection currents. Note the strong spontaneous emission pedestal. (b) Light in the lasing modes and also spontaneous emission outside the lasing modes. Note that when threshold is reached, spontaneous emission stays constant, indicating gain clamping. A rate equation model can reproduce the behavior with a realistic choice of parameters. Measurements were also at 80K.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

(a) Spectra of a DFB cavity taken at a temperature of 296K at various injection currents, blue 2500μA, green 3600μA, red 7600μA. (b) Linewidth of the main peak as a function of injection current (circles). The red line is a fit to a 1/Pmode dependence.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

(a) Plot of light versus current, extracted from the spectra, showing a super linear behavior and threshold around 2.5 milliamps. The red line is a rate equation model fit. (b) Circles show spontaneous emission levels as a function of injection current, showing a much lower level than the lasing mode light and also evidence of gain clamping at the higher injection levels. The red line is the rate equation model fit. Spontaneous emission counts were calculated by subtracting a Lorentzian fitted to the cavity modes from the total spectrum.

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Table 1 Rate Equation Model Parameters

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d N d t = I q Γ υ g g ( n ) i S i ( A S a V a + γ ( n ) B n + C n 2 ) N ,
d S i d t = ( Γ υ g g ( n ) 1 τ p , i ) S i + γ i ( n ) B n N ,     i 1 , 2 , ... , m ,
γ i ( n ) = F i ξ ( n , λ ) 1 1 + 4 Q i 2 ( λ / λ i 1 ) 2 d λ ,     i 1 , 2 , ... , m .
γ ( n ) = i γ i ( n ) + F e x t .

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