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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1996
  • pp: 698–700

Characterizing whispering-gallery modes in microspheres by direct observation of the optical standing-wave pattern in the near field

J. C. Knight, N. Dubreuil, V. Sandoghdar, J. Hare, V. Lefèvre-Seguin, J. M. Raimond, and S. Haroche  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 698-700 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.21.000698


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Abstract

We demonstrated the use of a near-field probe to map the evanescent field of an optical standing wave in a fused-silica whispering-gallery mode microresonator. The periodicity of the observed standing wave allows us to estimate accurately the radial mode number of the whispering-gallery mode resonance that is being excited. We find that the use of a fiber half-coupler to excite these resonances in fused-silica microspheres results in only the lowest radial mode numbers’ being strongly excited, as predicted.

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History
Original Manuscript: November 16, 1995
Published: May 15, 1996

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J. C. Knight, N. Dubreuil, V. Sandoghdar, J. Hare, V. Lefèvre-Seguin, J. M. Raimond, and S. Haroche, "Characterizing whispering-gallery modes in microspheres by direct observation of the optical standing-wave pattern in the near field," Opt. Lett. 21, 698-700 (1996)
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