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Silicon nanocrystal/erbium doped waveguide (SNEW) laser

United States Patent Application

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A rare earth-doped solid-state integrated laser which includes an optical waveguide, and a laser cavity including at least one subwavelength mirror. The subwavelength mirror is disposed in or on the optical waveguide. The optical waveguide portion within the laser cavity includes active media comprising both a rare earth and semiconducting atoms or compounds. A structure for pumping the semiconducting semiconducting atoms or compounds is provided, such as electrodes sandwiching the active media wherein the semiconducting atoms or compounds transfer energy obtained from the pumping to the rare earth, thus permitting the laser to laze.
Simpson, John T. (Clinton, TN)
10/ 922,735
August 20, 2004
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] The United States Government may have certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.