Giant optical anisotropy of oblique-aligned ZnO nanowire arrays

Cheng Ying Chen*, Jun Han Huang, Kun Yu Lai, Yi Jun Jen, Chuan Pu Liu, Jr Hau He

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A combined method of modified oblique-angle deposition and hydrothermal growth was adopted to grow an optically anisotropic nanomaterial based on single crystalline ZnO nanowire arrays (NWAs) with highly oblique angles (75°-85°), exhibiting giant in-plane birefringence and optical polarization degree in emission. The in-plane birefringence of oblique-aligned ZnO NWAs is almost one order of magnitude higher than that of natural quartz. The strong optical anisotropy in emission due to the optical confinement was observed. The oblique-aligned NWAs not only allow important technological applications in passive photonic components but also benefit the development of the optoelectronic devices in polarized light sensing and emission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2015-2024
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 30 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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