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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 16, 2009
  • pp: 2573–2578

Fabrication and characterization of whispering-gallery-mode resonators made of polymers

Judith R. Schwesyg, Tobias Beckmann, Anne S. Zimmermann, Karsten Buse, and Daniel Haertle  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 2573-2578 (2009)

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High-quality whispering-gallery-mode resonators made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) are fabricated by simple mechanical turning and polishing according to a technique used by Ilchenko et al. to produce crystalline whispering-gallery-mode resonators with high quality factors (Q-factors). The high-Q PMMA resonators are investigated in two wavelength regimes: in the near infrared between the wavelengths 1470 and 1580 nm and at the wavelength 635 nm. The Q-factor in the infrared regime is limited by material absorption to 3×105. At 635 nm the Q-factor is limited by surface scattering only and reaches 4 × 107, which is a new record for polymers.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: December 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 2, 2009
Published: February 6, 2009

Judith R. Schwesyg, Tobias Beckmann, Anne S. Zimmermann, Karsten Buse, and Daniel Haertle, "Fabrication and characterization of whispering-gallery-mode resonators made of polymers," Opt. Express 17, 2573-2578 (2009)

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