We electrically and optically characterize a germanium resonator diode on silicon fabricated by integrating a germanium light emitting diode with a microdisk cavity. Diode current-voltage characteristics show a low ideality factor and a high on/off ratio. The optical transmission of the resonator features whispering gallery modes with quality factors of a few hundred. Direct band gap electroluminescence under continuous current injection shows a clear enhancement of emission by the cavity. At this stage, the pumping level is not high enough to cause linewidth narrowing and invert the material. A higher n-type activated doping of germanium is necessary to achieve lasing.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)