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Influence of surface roughness on the lasing characteristics of optically pumped thin-film GaN microdisks

Hui Zi
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Yuk Fai Cheung
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Benjamin Damilano
Eric Frayssinet
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Blandine Alloing
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Jean-Yves Duboz
Fabrice Semond
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Hoi Wai Choi

Abstract

Optically-pumped whispering-gallery mode (WGM) lasing is observed from thin-film GaN microdisk processed from GaN-on-Si InGaN/GaN multi-quantum well wafers by selective wet etch removal of the substrate. Compared to thinfilm microdisks processed from GaN-onsapphire wafers through laser lift-off of the sapphire substrate, the exposed surface is significantly smoother as laser-induced damage is avoided, with root-mean-square roughness of 1.3 nm compared to 5.8 nm of the latter wafer. The 8 µm diameter microdisks, fabricated by pattern transfer from a silica microsphere and dry etching, benefit from the surface smoothness to offer superior optical confinement within the cavity. WGM lasing thresholds of 2.9 mJ/cm 2 and 3.5 mJ/cm 2 with quality factors (Q) of 3100 and 1700 are observed at the peak lasing wavelengths of 453 nm and 532 nm respectively, which are significantly better than thin-film microdisks processed from GaN-on-sapphire wafers despite lower internal quantum efficiency, highlighting the importance of surface smoothness in such optical cavities.
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hal-03681897 , version 1 (30-05-2022)

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Hui Zi, Yuk Fai Cheung, Benjamin Damilano, Eric Frayssinet, Blandine Alloing, et al.. Influence of surface roughness on the lasing characteristics of optically pumped thin-film GaN microdisks. Optics Letters, 2022, 47 (6), pp.1521. ⟨10.1364/OL.449482⟩. ⟨hal-03681897⟩
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