Midwavelength infrared photoluminescence and lasing of tellurium elemental solid and microcrystals

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Tellurium has been of great interest in physics, chemistry, material science, and more recently in nanoscience. However, information on the photoluminescence of Te crystals, crucial in understanding the material, has never been disclosed. Here, we present photoluminescence and lasing for the Te bulk crystal and microcrystals. Photoluminescence of Te bulk solid crystal was observed at 3.75 μm in the midwavelength infrared (MWIR) region, matching the theoretically predicted value well. With increasing the photoexcitation intensity or decreasing temperature, we successfully observed MWIR random lasing of the bulk Te crystals at 3.62 μm. Furthermore, the rod-shaped Te microcrystals efficiently exhibit second harmonic and third harmonic lasing at MWIR and short-wavelength infrared regions, respectively. Nonlinear coherent MWIR lasing from the Te microcrystals will serve as an excellent mid-IR light source, opening up new applications in infrared photonics, extremely long-depth penetration bioimaging, and optoelectronics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4303-4309
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, & Future Planning (NRF-2016R1C1B2013416) and the Ministry of Education (NRF-2018R1D1A1A02085371).

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Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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