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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3131–3133

Tracking spatial modes in nearly hemispherical microcavities

R. C. Pennington, G. D’Alessandro, J. J. Baumberg, and M. Kaczmarek  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 21, pp. 3131-3133 (2007)

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We measure experimentally the spatial intensity profiles and resonant frequencies of the transverse modes of nearly hemispherical microcavities with cavity length and mirror curvatures below 10 μ m . These resonators possess axially symmetric Gauss–Laguerre-like modes, but do not display the frequency degeneracies typical of large-scale optical cavities. It is possible to interpret these results using a paraxial model of cavity propagation that includes nonparabolic optical elements.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: July 23, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 20, 2007
Published: October 22, 2007

R. C. Pennington, G. D'Alessandro, J. J. Baumberg, and M. Kaczmarek, "Tracking spatial modes in nearly hemispherical microcavities," Opt. Lett. 32, 3131-3133 (2007)

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