Observation of lasing emission from carbon nanodots in organic solvents

W. F. Zhang, H. Zhu, Siu Fung Yu, H. Y. Yang

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Lasing is observed from carbon nanodots (C-dots) dispersed into a layer of poly(ethylene glycol) coated on the surface of optical fibers under 266 nm optical excitation. This is due to the enhancement of photoluminescence intensity via the esterification of carboxylic groups of the C-dots, and the formation of high-Q cylindrical microcavities to support second-type whispering gallery modes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2263-2267
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2012


  • carbon nanodots
  • cylindrical microcavities
  • lasing emission
  • photoluminescence
  • whispering gallery modes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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