We numerically investigate the potential of Al2O3:Er3+ active slot waveguides for realizing small-form factor lasers on silicon on insulator at 2.8um. Based on recent technological improvements in the reliable and low-cost fabrication of alumina doped with high Er3+ concentration and exploiting the extremely high field intensity achievable in optimized active slot waveguides, we point out the possibility of realizing silicon-compatible emitters at 2.8um, optically pumped at 1480 nm with a few milliwatts threshold pump power. A strong potential impact can be envisaged for chemical sensing, biosensing and lab-on-a-chip applications.
IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 1206-1212
In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers
Photonics Integrated Circuits