Miniaturized laser sources can benefit a wide variety of applications ranging from on-chip optical communications and data processing, to biological sensing. There is a tremendous interest in integrating these lasers with rapidly advancing silicon photonics, aiming to provide the combined strength of the optoelectronic integrated circuits and existing large-volume, low-cost silicon-based manufacturing foundries. Using III-V quantum dots as the active medium has been proven to lower power consumption and improve device temperature stability. Here, we demonstrate room-temperature InAs/InAlGaAs quantum-dot subwavelength microdisk lasers epitaxially grown on (001) Si, with a lasing wavelength of 1563 nm, an ultralow-threshold of 2.73 lW, and lasing up to 60 C under pulsed optical pumping. This result unambiguously offers a promising path towards large-scale integration of cost-effective and energy-efficient silicon-based long-wavelength lasers.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)