New article in Applied Physics Letters

21 november 2017

We demonstrate intracavity plasmonic laser spectroscopy using a plasmonic laser created from a periodically perforated silver film with a liquid gain medium. An active zone of the laser is formed by a highly elongated spot of pumping. This results in a significantly more efficient diffusive mixing of dye molecules, which suppresses the effect of their bleaching, and in the ability to reduce the volume of the gain medium to as little as 400 nl. We use this design for a stable plasmonic laser in multiple measurements and demonstrate that it is highly effective as a spaser spectroscopy sensor for intracavity detection of an absorptive dye at 0.07 ppm.

This work provides an opportunity to develop applications of intracavity plasmonic laser spectroscopy in biological label detection and other fields.

We would like to thank Yu. Lozovik, Yu. Vainer, R. Gordon, A. Schokker, F. Koenderink, and A. Kalatskiy for helpful discussions. This research was supported by the Advanced Research Foundation (Contract No. 7/004/2013-2018) and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant No. 17-02-01093). Samples were made at the BMSTU Nanofabrication Facility (Functional Micro/Nanosystems, FMNS REC, ID 74300). A.A.L. acknowledges support from the NSF under Grant No. DMR-1312707.

P. Melentiev, A. Kalmykov, A. Gritchenko, A. Afanasiev, V. Balykin, A. S. Baburin, E. Ryzhova, I. Filippov, I. A. Rodionov, I. A. Nechepurenko, A. V. Dorofeenko, I. Ryzhikov, A. P. Vinogradov, A. A. Zyablovsky, E. S. AndrianovA. A. Lisyansky

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