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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1903–1905

Direct measurement of the quality factor in a two-dimensional photonic-crystal microcavity

S. Y. Lin, Edmond Chow, S. G. Johnson, and J. D. Joannopoulos  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 23, pp. 1903-1905 (2001)

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A new microcavity design is proposed and structures are realized with a two-dimensional photonic-crystal slab. The cavity consists of seven defect holes that encompass a hexagon and is designed to reduce vertical light leakage. From a direct transmission measurement, a Q value of 816±30 is achieved at λ =1.55 μm . This high- Q cavity will permit the realistic realization of spontaneous-emission modification and on–off optical switches.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

S. Y. Lin, Edmond Chow, S. G. Johnson, and J. D. Joannopoulos, "Direct measurement of the quality factor in a two-dimensional photonic-crystal microcavity," Opt. Lett. 26, 1903-1905 (2001)

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