Optical resonant cavity in a nanotaper

Sang Hyun Lee, Takenari Goto, Hiroshi Miyazaki, Jiho Chang, Takafumi Yao

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The present study describes an optical resonant cavity in a nanotaper with scale reduction from micro to several nanometers. Both experimental results and a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD)-based simulation suggested that the nanometer-scale taper with a diameter similar to the wavelength of light acted as a mirror, which facilitated the formation of a laser cavity and caused lasing in ZnO nanotapers. As the light inside the nanotaper propagated toward the apex, the lateral mode was reduced and reflection occurred. This report suggests that use of the resonant optical cavities in nanotapers might result in novel active and passive optical components, which will broaden the horizons of photonic technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2038-2042
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 9


  • Lasing
  • Nanotaper
  • Optical resonant cavity
  • ZnO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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