Abstract

A random laser incorporating irregular-shaped ZnO microparticles exhibits a small number of lasing lines with stable lasing intensities and negligibly low background emission. This unique feature is in direct contrast to that observed for a conventional ZnO nanoparticle film random laser. Gain competition between the discrete laser modes also occurs in this microparticle random laser. These lasing characteristics are because of the intra-particle confinement of the laser cavity modes in each ZnO microparticle.

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