OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters


  • Vol. 28, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2003
  • pp: 2437–2439

Photonic molecule lasing

Yoshiko Hara, Takashi Mukaiyama, Kenji Takeda, and Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 24, pp. 2437-2439 (2003)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (828 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Lasing at resonantly coupled whispering-gallery mode frequencies is observed in photonic molecules consisting of bispheres of 4.2 and 5.1 µm in diameter placed in a silicon V-groove. We examine spatial profiles of photonic molecule modes by use of frequency-resolved imaging and reveal bonding and antibonding mode features. From the lasing threshold characteristics, we quantitatively measure the quality factor and the spontaneous-emission coupling ratio of the photonic molecule modes and confirm that strong coherent coupling leads to photonic molecule modes.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

Yoshiko Hara, Takashi Mukaiyama, Kenji Takeda, and Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami, "Photonic molecule lasing," Opt. Lett. 28, 2437-2439 (2003)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. A. Yariv, Y. Xu, R. K. Lee, and A. Scherer, Opt. Lett. 24, 711 (1999).
  2. E. Lidorikis, M. M. Sigalas, E. N. Economou, and C. M. Soukoulis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 1405 (1998).
  3. M. Bayer, T. Gutbrod, J. P. Reithmaier, A. Forchel, T. L. Reinecke, and P. A. Knipp, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2582 (1998).
  4. V. Zhuk, D. V. Regelman, D. Gershoni, M. Bayer, J. P. Reithmaier, A. Forchel, R. A. Knipp, and T. L. Reinecke, Phys. Rev. B 66, 115302 (2002).
  5. T. Mukaiyama, K. Takeda, H. Miyazaki, Y. Jimba, and M. Kuwata-Gonokami, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 4623 (1999).
  6. C. G. Garret, W. Kaiser, and W. L. Bond, Phys. Rev. 124, 1807 (1961).
  7. See, for example, Optical Processes in Microcavities, R. K. Chang and A. J. Campillo, eds. (World Scientific, Singapore, 1996).
  8. R. E. Benner, P. W. Barber, J. F. Owen, and R. K. Chang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 44, 475 (1980).
  9. A. J. Campillo, J. D. Eversole, and H.-B. Lin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 437 (1991).
  10. L. Collot, V. Lefèvre-Seguin, M. Brune, J. M. Raimond, and S. Haroche, Europhys. Lett. 23, 327 (1993).
  11. V. Sandoghdar, F. Treussart, J. Hare, V. Lefèvre-Seguin, J. M. Raimond, and S. Haroche, Phys. Rev. A 54, R1777 (1996).
  12. M. Kuwata-Gonokami, K. Takeda, H. Yasuda, and K. Ema, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 31, L99 (1992).
  13. M. Kuwata-Gonokami and K. Takeda, Opt. Mater. 9, 12 (1998).
  14. H. Ishikuro, T. Fujii, T. Saraya, G. Hashiguchi, T. Hiramoto, and T. Ikoma, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 3585 (1996).
  15. The WGM of a single sphere can be specified by the polarization (TE or TM), mode number l (total angular momentum), and order number s (radial quantum number). Because of the spherical symmetry, each mode has (2l+1)-fold degeneracy that corresponds to the azimuthal mode number (z component of angular momentum).
  16. H. Miyazaki and Y. Jimba, Phys. Rev. B 62, 7976 (2000).
  17. M. Kuwata-Gonokami, Proc. SPIE 3930, 175 (2000).
  18. A. Yariv, Quantum Electronics (Wiley, New York, 1989), Chap. 9.

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited