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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 20 — Sep. 24, 2012
  • pp: 22743–22752

Ultrahigh-Q photonic crystal nanocavities in wide optical telecommunication bands

Ryo Terawaki, Yasushi Takahashi, Masahiro Chihara, Yoshitaka Inui, and Susumu Noda  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 20, pp. 22743-22752 (2012)

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We have studied the feasibility of extending the operating wavelength range of high-Q silicon nanocavities above and below the 1.55 μm wavelength band, while maintaining Q factors of more than one million. We have succeeded in developing such nanocavities in the optical telecommunication bands from 1.27 μm to 1.50 μm. Very high Q values of more than two million were obtained even for the 1.30 μm band. The Q values increase proportionally to the resonant wavelength because the scattering loss decreases. We have also analyzed the influence of absorption due to surface water. We conclude that high-Q nanocavities are feasible for an even wider wavelength region including parts of the mid-infrared.

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OCIS Codes
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: July 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2012
Published: September 19, 2012

Ryo Terawaki, Yasushi Takahashi, Masahiro Chihara, Yoshitaka Inui, and Susumu Noda, "Ultrahigh-Q photonic crystal nanocavities in wide optical telecommunication bands," Opt. Express 20, 22743-22752 (2012)

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