Magnetic nanoparticles embedded in microlasers for controlled transport in different sensing media

Hanh Hong Mai, Van Huy Hoang, Manh Quynh Luu, Trong Tam Nguyen, Hoang Nam Nguyen, Do Xuan Tien, Giang Manh Khoi, Toan T. Nguyen, Youngwoon Choi, Wonshik Choi, Van Duong Ta

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In recent years, whispering gallery mode microlasers have attracted tremendous interest in sensing due to their ultra-high sensitivity at atomic levels. However, due to the non-magnetic properties, it is difficult to locate the microlasers at hard-to-reach positions, thus, limiting their sensing potential in many in-vitro and in-vivo applications. In this work, we report magnetic microlasers fabricated by encapsulating Ni0.2Zn0.8Fe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) within their cavity made of bovine serum albumin. The presence of MNPs allows the transportable actuation of the magnetic microlasers while maintaining lasing emission characteristics. Microlasers with various concentrations of MNPs are investigated to identify the optimum concentration that can balance a good magnetization, a low lasing threshold, and a high quality (Q) factor. These magnetic microlasers can be employed for sensing applications where sensors need to be navigated through different sensing media. As a proof of concept, we observed a clear shift of lasing wavelength of a magnetic microlaser while dragging it through different adjacent media by magnetic navigation. This result demonstrates the potential applications of magnetic microlasers for future biological and chemical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number405106
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct 6

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Mr Pham Van Thang for SEM measurements.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 IOP Publishing Ltd.


  • Ni ZnFeO
  • magnetic nanoparticles
  • microlasers
  • whispering gallery mode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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