Abstract

We present a concentric microdisk design in which luminescence from an inner disk of Si nanocrystals (Si-ncs) contributes to resonant modes in an outer ring of SiO2. Photoluminescence from fabricated structures reveals the excitation of whispering-gallery modes (WGMs) with quality factors as high as 2850, limited by the spectral resolution of our spectrometer. Two-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulations provide insight into the WGM properties and the role of disk and ring geometry. The presented concentric disk structure provides a means to use the efficient visible luminescence of Si-ncs as an optical pump for an extrinsic lasing material such as Er:SiO2.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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