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Whispering gallery mode emission at telecommunications-window wavelengths using PbSe nanocrystals attached to photonic beads

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L21-L24
Number of pages4
JournalSemiconductor science and technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


We report the selective chemical attachment of infrared emitting PbSe nanocrystal quantum dots onto micron-scale glass photonic beads. Upon optical excitation, photoluminescence from the shell of nanocrystals is seen to couple into the high-Q 'whispering gallery' modes of the bead via the evanescent optical field, resulting in a series of sharp peaks being observed at wavelengths of around 1550 rim. Theoretical modelling gives a close agreement with the data for angular modes corresponding to l similar to 120. This work demonstrates the potential of narrow-bandgap II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals for use in a wide range of telecommunications-window photonics applications.

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