The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method is used to analyze the whispering-gallery modes of microdisk lasers. The method takes no a priori assumption. It solves the Maxwell's equations directly while taking into account the actual structure of the microdisk. The numerical results are in agreement with experimentally measured spectrum. Our Q values, however, are higher than previously published theoretical results. By calculating the resonant wavelengths and Q factors for different disk sizes, we demonstrate that the FDTD can be used to optimize the design of microdisk lasers.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering