Single-crystalline aluminum film for ultraviolet plasmonic nanolasers

Bo Tsun Chou, Yu Hsun Chou, Yen Mo Wu, Yi Cheng Chung, Wei Jen Hsueh, Shih Wei Lin, Tien-Chang Lu, Tzy Rong Lin, Sheng-Di Lin*

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Significant advances have been made in the development of plasmonic devices in the past decade. Plasmonic nanolasers, which display interesting properties, have come to play an important role in biomedicine, chemical sensors, information technology, and optical integrated circuits. However, nanoscale plasmonic devices, particularly those operating in the ultraviolet regime, are extremely sensitive to the metal and interface quality. Thus, these factors have a significant bearing on the development of ultraviolet plasmonic devices. Here, by addressing these material-related issues, we demonstrate a low-threshold, high-characteristicerature metal-oxide-semiconductor ZnO nanolaser that operates at room temperature. The template for the ZnO nanowires consists of a flat single-crystalline Al film grown by molecular beam epitaxy and an ultrasmooth Al 2 O 3 spacer layer synthesized by atomic layer deposition. By effectively reducing the surface plasmon scattering and metal intrinsic absorption losses, the high-quality metal film and the sharp interfaces formed between the layers boost the device performance. This work should pave the way for the use of ultraviolet plasmonic nanolasers and related devices in a wider range of applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19887
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - 27 Jan 2016


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