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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4356–4364

Stretch-tuneable dielectric mirrors and optical microcavities

Mathias Kolle, Bo Zheng, Nicholas Gibbons, Jeremy J. Baumberg, and Ullrich Steiner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 4356-4364 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.004356


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Abstract

We demonstrate how tuneable Distributed Bragg Reflectors (DBRs) and resonant micro-cavities can be built by a scalable layer assembly of the transparent utility rubbers polydimethylsiloxane and polystyrene-polyisoprene. Stretching the devices by more than 60% leads to an affine contraction of the layer thicknesses thereby tuning both DBR and cavity modes across the entire visible spectrum. Such rapidly- and reversibly- stretch-tuneable cavities can be used in tuneable micro-lasers and for quantitative optical strain sensing applications.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: December 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2010
Published: February 17, 2010

Citation
Mathias Kolle, Bo Zheng, Nicholas Gibbons, Jeremy J. Baumberg, and Ullrich Steiner, "Stretch-tuneable dielectric mirrors and optical microcavities," Opt. Express 18, 4356-4364 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-5-4356


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