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Integration of Silicon Nanocrystals and Erbium Ring Cavities for a Silicon Pumped Er:SiO2 Laser

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In this work we present a novel two-stage approach to achieve electrically pumped lasing on a CMOS compatible material platform in the telecom region. The proposed design consists of an electrically pumped silicon nanocrystal (Si-nc) light source acting as an optical pump for an Erbium doped silicate (Er:SiO2) lasing cavity. The integrated design, based on concentric disks of Si-nc and Er:SiO2, provides a means of coupling the Si-nc pump signal to the Er ions without requiring overlap of the Er based lasing mode with the Si-nc material. We present an electromagnetic analysis of the pump and lasing modes in the proposed configuration. We also present fabrication and characterization of Si-nc and Er:SiO2 microdisks as components of the integrated design.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2010

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