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Superlattice mirror forms a sonic laser
date2006-11-13 09:57:19 Click No.1909

Source: CERN Courier

    Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK and the Lashkarev Institute of Semiconductor Physics in Ukraine have made what may be a sonic laser, demonstrating sound amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, that is, a SASER.

    Anthony Kent and his colleagues created the device out of stacks of thin layers of AlAs/GaAs that form a superlattice. The layering plays the role of an acoustic mirror, and an electrical input drives the production of phonons via a rather complicated process involving quantum wells. The operating frequency is in the terahertz range, with wavelengths of a few nanometres making this potentially attractive for many applications, including imaging.


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