Abstract

Transformation of broadband emission of oxygen defects in the carcass of ZnO-inverted opal into a multiple-mode amplified spontaneous emission band has been observed in the spectral interval of a photonic bandgap upon increasing excitation intensity. The mode structure has been assigned to amplification of emission coupled to resonance modes of the self-selected distributed Bragg resonator. The surprisingly low 2Wcm2 onset of amplification has been explained by the long radiative decay time of defect states populated according to the three-level excitation scheme. The decrease of emission intensity between amplified peaks has been associated with the saturation of the ZnO defect emission.

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