Ultralarge anti-Stokes lasing through tandem upconversion

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1032
Journal / PublicationNature Communications
Online published24 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022



Coherent ultraviolet light is important for applications in environmental and life sciences. However, direct ultraviolet lasing is constrained by the fabrication challenge and operation cost. Herein, we present a strategy for the indirect generation of deep-ultraviolet lasing through a tandem upconversion process. A core–shell–shell nanoparticle is developed to achieve deep-ultraviolet emission at 290 nm by excitation in the telecommunication wavelength range at 1550 nm. The ultralarge anti-Stokes shift of 1260 nm (~3.5 eV) stems from a tandem combination of distinct upconversion processes that are integrated into separate layers of the core–shell–shell structure. By incorporating the core–shell–shell nanoparticles as gain media into a toroid microcavity, single-mode lasing at 289.2 nm is realized by pumping at 1550 nm. As various optical components are readily available in the mature telecommunication industry, our findings provide a viable solution for constructing miniaturized short-wavelength lasers that are suitable for device applications.

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