Whispering Gallery Modes in Hexagonal Zinc Oxide Micro- and Nanocrystals
The resonator properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) micro- and nanocrystals grown by a novel high pressure pulsed laser deposition process have been investigated at room temperature by cathodoluminescence (CL), spatially resolved CL-imaging and polarization resolved micro-photoluminescence (μ-PL) within the visible spectral range. The spectra exhibit a series of comparatively sharp and almost equidistant resonance lines. Using a simple plane wave interference model and taking into account the spectral characteristic n(ω) of the refractive index of ZnO, we can unambiguously attribute those lines to whispering gallery modes (WGMs) of a two dimensional hexagonal resonator. The predicted resonator diameters agree well with the measured crystal sizes. Tapered, high aspect ratio ZnO nanoneedles furthermore allow systematic investigations of the WGMs as a function of cavity diameter D down to zero. Hence, the transition from a multi-mode to a single mode cavity is directly observed. μ-PL experiments demonstrate that the WGMs are mainly TM polarized.
Key wordsWhispering gallery modes nanostructure microcrystal nanocavity polarization
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