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Cold-cavity thresholds of microdisks with uniform and nonuniform gain: quasi-3-D modeling with accurate 2-D analysis

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4 Author(s)
E. I. Smotrova ; Inst. of Radio-Phys. & Electron., Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine, Kharkov, Ukraine ; A. I. Nosich ; T. M. Benson ; P. Sewell

An electromagnetic analysis of thin-disk semiconductor resonators with uniform and nonuniform gain regions is presented. A "cold-cavity-with-gain" Maxwellian formulation, including accurate boundary and radiation conditions, is considered as an eigenvalue problem, for the real-valued parameters of frequency and threshold material gain. Although the well-known approximate effective-index method is used to reduce a three-dimensional (3-D) field problem to a two-dimensional (2-D) one, a rigorous formulation of the latter is retained. A quasi-3-D feature is provided through full account of the multiple-wave nature and dispersion of the effective index. Results obtained quantify the ultralow thresholds of the whispering-gallery modes and show the advantage of a ring-shaped gain region.

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IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 5 )