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Opt Express. 2007 Dec 10;15(25):17291-304.

High Q whispering gallery modes in GaAs/AlAs pillar microcavities.


We report the observation of whispering gallery modes (WGM) in high quality GaAs/AlAs pillar microcavities defined by electron-beam lithography and electron cyclotron resonance reactive ion etching. Photoluminescence experiments, conducted using InAs quantum dots as an internal probe, reveal a remarkably simple WGM spectrum, consisting of a single series of TE modes. For diameters ranging from 3 to 4 mum, Q-factors in excess of 15 000 were measured, allowing for WGM lasing. Noticeably, sub-micron diameter micropillars also display high Qs (~ 1000), close to the limit set by intrinsic radiative losses. These results open the way to the development of original microlasers and improved quantum-dot single photon sources.

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