Sol-gel ZnO-SiO2composite waveguide ultraviolet lasers

Eunice S.P. Leong, M. K. Chong, Siu Fung Yu, K. Pita

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Random laser action with coherent feedback is realized in ZnO-SiO2composite films, which consists of ZnO clusters embedded in SiO2dielectric matrix prepared by sol-gel technique. The films are deposited on silicon substrate with a SiO2buffer layer to form a waveguide structure. Ultraviolet lasing at room temperature is observed from the composite films with ZnO : SiO2molar ratio varying between 1 : 5 and 1 : 30. The corresponding lasing wavelength and linewidth under 355-nm optical excitation are found to be ∼388 nm and less than 0.6 nm, respectively. Our experiment has shown that the proper control of light confinement inside the random cavities leads to coherent random lasing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2418-2420
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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