Room-temperature laser emission of ZnO nanowires explained by many-body theory

Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Apr 13;108(15):157402. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.157402. Epub 2012 Apr 12.


Are excitons involved in lasing in ZnO nanowires or not? Our recently developed and experimentally tested quantum many-body theory sheds new light on this question. We measured the laser thresholds and Fabry-Pérot laser modes for three radically different excitation schemes. The thresholds, photon energies, and mode spacings can all be explained by our theory, without invoking enhanced light-matter interaction, as is needed in an earlier excitonic model. Our conclusion is that lasing in ZnO nanowires at room temperature is not of excitonic nature, as is often thought, but instead is electron-hole plasma lasing.