We developed an ink-jet printing method for fabricating inorganic microdisks at room temperature, which is much lower than the melting point of solid-state inorganic oxide, and have fabricated an organic-inorganic hybrid microdisk laser. Silica was used as the inorganic disk material, and microdisk-shaped aggregates were formed by the ink-jet printing method using a solution in which nanosilica particles were dispersed in propylene glycol monomethylether (PGME) solvent. Then, a microdisk capable of laser oscillation was also prepared by preliminarily adding the laser dye rhodamine 6G to the ink to form a mixed organic material. The structural evaluation of the printed microdisk was first conducted using an optical microscope, a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and an atomic force microscope (AFM). The results of laser oscillation evaluation by optical excitation showed that the printed microdisk sufficiently functions as an optical resonator with a low optical loss. In these evaluations, excellent values such as a surface roughness of 5.83 nm from root mean square (R. M. S.) which is one forth smaller than the particle diameter, and a laser oscillation threshold of 4.76 μJ/mm2 at a wavelength of 601.4 nm were obtained. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that an inorganic microdisk has been fabricated at room temperature to realize an organic-inorganic hybrid microdisk laser.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics