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Continuous-wave infrared optical gain and amplified spontaneous emission at ultralow threshold by colloidal HgTe quantum dots

(2018) NATURE MATERIALS. 17(1). p.35-41
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Center for nano- and biophotonics (NB-Photonics)
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ULPPIC (Ultralow power photonic integrated circuits for short range interconnect networks)
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Nano Scale Disruptive Silicon-Plasmonic Platform for Chip-to-Chip Interconnection
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INTERDOT (INTERconnects enhanced by colloidal qDOT based optical amplifiers)
Abstract
Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) raise more and more interest as solution-processable and tunable optical gain materials. However, especially for infrared active QDs, optical gain remains inefficient. Since stimulated emission involves multifold degenerate band-edge states, population inversion can be attained only at high pump power and must compete with efficient multi-exciton recombination. Here, we show that mercury telluride (HgTe) QDs exhibit size-tunable stimulated emission throughout the near-infrared telecom window at thresholds unmatched by any QD studied before. We attribute this unique behaviour to surface-localized states in the bandgap that turn HgTe QDs into 4-level systems. The resulting long-lived population inversion induces amplified spontaneous emission under continuous-wave optical pumping at power levels compatible with solar irradiation and direct current electrical pumping. These results introduce an alternative approach for low-threshold QD-based gain media based on intentional trap states that paves the way for solution-processed infrared QD lasers and amplifiers.
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LIGHT-EMITTING-DIODES, NANOCRYSTALS, SILICON, DISPLACEMENT, LUMINESCENCE, SOLIDS, PBSE

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Geiregat, Pieter et al. “Continuous-wave Infrared Optical Gain and Amplified Spontaneous Emission at Ultralow Threshold by Colloidal HgTe Quantum Dots.” NATURE MATERIALS 17.1 (2018): 35–41. Print.
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Geiregat, P., Houtepen, A., Sagar, L. K., Infante, I., Zapata, F., Grigel, V., Allan, G., et al. (2018). Continuous-wave infrared optical gain and amplified spontaneous emission at ultralow threshold by colloidal HgTe quantum dots. NATURE MATERIALS, 17(1), 35–41.
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Geiregat, Pieter, Arjan Houtepen, Laxmi Kishore Sagar, Ivan Infante, Felipe Zapata, Valeriia Grigel, Guy Allan, Christophe Delerue, Dries Van Thourhout, and Zeger Hens. 2018. “Continuous-wave Infrared Optical Gain and Amplified Spontaneous Emission at Ultralow Threshold by Colloidal HgTe Quantum Dots.” Nature Materials 17 (1): 35–41.
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Geiregat, Pieter, Arjan Houtepen, Laxmi Kishore Sagar, Ivan Infante, Felipe Zapata, Valeriia Grigel, Guy Allan, Christophe Delerue, Dries Van Thourhout, and Zeger Hens. 2018. “Continuous-wave Infrared Optical Gain and Amplified Spontaneous Emission at Ultralow Threshold by Colloidal HgTe Quantum Dots.” Nature Materials 17 (1): 35–41.
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Geiregat P, Houtepen A, Sagar LK, Infante I, Zapata F, Grigel V, et al. Continuous-wave infrared optical gain and amplified spontaneous emission at ultralow threshold by colloidal HgTe quantum dots. NATURE MATERIALS. 2018;17(1):35–41.
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P. Geiregat et al., “Continuous-wave infrared optical gain and amplified spontaneous emission at ultralow threshold by colloidal HgTe quantum dots,” NATURE MATERIALS, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 35–41, 2018.
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  abstract     = {Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) raise more and more interest as solution-processable and tunable optical gain materials. However, especially for infrared active QDs, optical gain remains inefficient. Since stimulated emission involves multifold degenerate band-edge states, population inversion can be attained only at high pump power and must compete with efficient multi-exciton recombination. Here, we show that mercury telluride (HgTe) QDs exhibit size-tunable stimulated emission throughout the near-infrared telecom window at thresholds unmatched by any QD studied before. We attribute this unique behaviour to surface-localized states in the bandgap that turn HgTe QDs into 4-level systems. The resulting long-lived population inversion induces amplified spontaneous emission under continuous-wave optical pumping at power levels compatible with solar irradiation and direct current electrical pumping. These results introduce an alternative approach for low-threshold QD-based gain media based on intentional trap states that paves the way for solution-processed infrared QD lasers and amplifiers.},
  author       = {Geiregat, Pieter and Houtepen, Arjan and Sagar, Laxmi Kishore and Infante, Ivan and Zapata, Felipe and Grigel, Valeriia and Allan, Guy and Delerue, Christophe and Van Thourhout, Dries and Hens, Zeger},
  issn         = {1476-1122},
  journal      = {NATURE MATERIALS},
  keywords     = {LIGHT-EMITTING-DIODES,NANOCRYSTALS,SILICON,DISPLACEMENT,LUMINESCENCE,SOLIDS,PBSE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {35--41},
  title        = {Continuous-wave infrared optical gain and amplified spontaneous emission at ultralow threshold by colloidal HgTe quantum dots},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmat5000},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2018},
}

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