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  • Received: Jan. 31, 2019

    Accepted: Mar. 14, 2019

    Posted: May. 5, 2019

    Published Online: May. 5, 2019

    The Author Email: Yong-Zhen Huang (

    DOI: 10.1364/PRJ.7.000594

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    Yue-De Yang, Min Tang, Fu-Li Wang, Zhi-Xiong Xiao, Jin-Long Xiao, Yong-Zhen Huang. Whispering-gallery mode hexagonal micro-/nanocavity lasers [Invited][J]. Photonics Research, 2019, 7(5): 05000594

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Photonics Research, Vol. 7, Issue 5, 05000594 (2019)

Whispering-gallery mode hexagonal micro-/nanocavity lasers [Invited]

Yue-De Yang1,2, Min Tang1,2, Fu-Li Wang1,2, Zhi-Xiong Xiao1,2, Jin-Long Xiao1,2, and Yong-Zhen Huang1,2,*

Author Affiliations

  • 1State Key Laboratory of Integrated Optoelectronics, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083, China
  • 2Center of Materials Science and Optoelectronics Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China


Whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) hexagonal optical micro-/nanocavities can be utilized as high-quality (Q) resonators for realizing compact-size low-threshold lasers. In this paper, the progress in WGM hexagonal micro-/nanocavity lasers is reviewed comprehensively. High-Q WGMs in hexagonal cavities are divided into two kinds of resonances propagating along hexagonal and triangular periodic orbits, with distinct mode characteristics according to theoretical analyses and numerical simulations; however, WGMs in a wavelength-scale nanocavity cannot be well described by the ray model. Hexagonal micro-/nanocavity lasers can be constructed by both bottom-up and top-down processes, leading to a diversity of these lasers. The ZnO- or nitride-based semiconductor material generally has a wurtzite crystal structure and typically presents a natural hexagonal cross section. Bottom-up growth guarantees smooth surface faceting and hence reduces the scattering loss effectively. Laser emissions have been successfully demonstrated in hexagonal micro-/nanocavities synthesized with various materials and structures. Furthermore, slight deformation can be easily introduced and precisely controlled in top-down fabrication, which allows lasing-mode manipulation. WGM lasing with excellent single-transverse-mode property was realized in waveguide-coupled ideal and deformed hexagonal microcavity lasers.

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