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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 21 — Oct. 10, 2011
  • pp: 20773–20784

Hollow-bottle optical microresonators

G. Senthil Murugan, M. N. Petrovich, Y. Jung, J. S. Wilkinson, and M. N. Zervas  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 21, pp. 20773-20784 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.020773


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Abstract

Selective excitation of whispering-gallery and bottle modes in a robust hollow-bottle optical microresonator, fabricated from a silica microcapillary by a pressure-compensated, “soften-and-compress” method, is demonstrated. Characteristic resonance spectra of bottle modes were obtained by using a tapered fiber coupled at different locations along the hollow bottle. The spectral characteristics (Q-factor, excitation efficiency) are shown to have high tolerance to angular misalignment of the tapered fiber. In addition, introduction of localized losses on the outer surface of the resonator results in selective clean-up of the transmission spectrum and superior performance. A theoretical analysis of modal turning points and associated resonant wavelengths is used to explain the mechanism of mode-suppression and the resultant spectral cleaning.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.3948) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavity devices
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(230.7408) Optical devices : Wavelength filtering devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: July 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 13, 2011
Published: October 4, 2011

Citation
G. Senthil Murugan, M. N. Petrovich, Y. Jung, J. S. Wilkinson, and M. N. Zervas, "Hollow-bottle optical microresonators," Opt. Express 19, 20773-20784 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-21-20773


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