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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 22 — Oct. 24, 2011
  • pp: 22191–22197

High-Q, low index-contrast polymeric photonic crystal nanobeam cavities

Qimin Quan, Ian B. Burgess, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Daniel L. Floyd, and Marko Loncar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 22, pp. 22191-22197 (2011)

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We present the design, fabrication and characterization of high-Q (Q=36,000) polymeric photonic crystal nanobeam cavities made of two polymers that have an ultra-low index contrast (ratio=1.15) and observed thermo-optical bistability at hundred microwatt power level. Due to the extended evanescent field and small mode volumes, polymeric nanobeam cavities are ideal platform for ultra-sensitive biochemical sensing. We demonstrate that these sensors have figures of merit (FOM=9190) two orders of magnitude greater than surface plasmon resonance based sensors, and outperform the commercial BiacoreTM sensors. The demonstration of high-Q cavity in low-index-contrast polymers can open up versatile applications using a broad range of functional and flexible polymeric materials.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: August 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 19, 2011
Published: October 24, 2011

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Qimin Quan, Ian B. Burgess, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Daniel L. Floyd, and Marko Loncar, "High-Q, low index-contrast polymeric photonic crystal nanobeam cavities," Opt. Express 19, 22191-22197 (2011)

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