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Title: Reconfigurable liquid whispering gallery mode microlasers
Authors: Yang, Shancheng
Ta, Van Duong
Wang, Yue
Chen, Rui
He, Tingchao
Demir, Hilmi Volkan
Sun, Handong
Keywords: Microlaser
Whispering Gallery Modes
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Yang, S., Ta, V. D., Wang, Y., Chen, R., He, T., Demir, H. V., & Sun, H. (2016). Reconfigurable liquid whispering gallery mode microlasers. Scientific Reports, 6, 27200-. doi:10.1038/srep27200
Series/Report no.: Scientific Reports
Abstract: Engineering photonic devices from liquid has been emerging as a fascinating research avenue. Reconfigurably tuning liquid optical micro-devices are highly desirable but remain extremely challenging because of the fluidic nature. In this article we demonstrate an all-liquid tunable whispering gallery mode microlaser floating on a liquid surface fabricated by using inkjet print technique. We show that the cavity resonance of such liquid lasers could be reconfigurably manipulated by surface tension alteration originated from the tiny concentration change of the surfactant in the supporting liquid. As such, remarkable sensing of water-soluble organic compounds with a sensitivity of free spectral range as high as 19.85 THz / (mol · mL−1) and the detectivity limit around 5.56 × 10−3 mol · mL−1 is achieved. Our work provides not only a novel approach to effectively tuning a laser resonator but also new insight into potential applications in biological, chemical and environmental sensing.
DOI: 10.1038/srep27200
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