Nanowire-Based Lasers

  • Wenna Du
  • Jie Chen
  • Qing Zhang
  • Xinfeng LiuEmail author
Part of the Nanostructure Science and Technology book series (NST)


Taking advantage of nanowires’ quasi-one-dimensional nature, flexibility in material choice and combination, and intrinsic optoelectronic properties, intensive research has been conducted in the use of nanowires for sub-wavelength laser systems. In this chapter, we discuss the lasing mechanisms in nanowire and latest, most effective materials for nanowire lasers. An exploration of wavelength tunability is followed by some of the latest methods in nanowire lasers. In order to improve the performance of the nanowire lasers furthermore, several new nanowire laser cavity structures, especially surface plasmon polariton lasers, are introduced later. Finally, exciting new reports of electrically pumped nanowire lasers with the potential for integrated optoelectronic applications are described.


Nanowire laser Lasing mechanisms Wavelength tunability Surface plasmon polariton lasers Electrically pumped nanowire lasers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Nanophotonics, CAS Key Laboratory of Standardization and Measurement for Nanotechnology, CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, National Center for Nanoscience and TechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of EngineeringPeking UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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