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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 22 — Oct. 29, 2007
  • pp: 14650–14666

Reciprocal transmissions and asymmetric modal distributions in waveguide-coupled spiral-shaped microdisk resonators

Jonathan Y. Lee, Xianshu Luo, and Andrew W. Poon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 22, pp. 14650-14666 (2007)

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We report transmission spectra and mode-field distributions of a waveguide-coupled spiral-shaped microdisk resonator on a silicon nitride-on-silica substrate. Our measured and simulated transmission spectra reveal reciprocal transmissions between clockwise and counterclockwise traveling-waves of such microcavity that lacks mirror symmetry. Our measured out-of-plane scattering intensity distributions and simulated steady-state mode-field patterns, however, indicate asymmetric modal distributions that depend on the sense of lightwave circulations and the input-coupling mechanisms. We discuss implications of the observed reciprocal transmissions with asymmetric modal distributions to unidirectional lasing from spiral-shaped microcavities reported in the literature.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: June 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2007
Published: October 23, 2007

Jonathan Y. Lee, Xianshu Luo, and Andrew W. Poon, "Reciprocal transmissions and asymmetric modal distributions in waveguide-coupled spiral-shaped microdisk resonators," Opt. Express 15, 14650-14666 (2007)

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