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  • Vol. 32, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2007
  • pp: 542–544

High-Q cavities in photosensitive photonic crystals

Snjezana Tomljenovic-Hanic, M. J. Steel, C. Martijn de Sterke, and David J. Moss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 5, pp. 542-544 (2007)

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We propose a novel concept for creating high-Q cavities in photonic crystal slabs (PCSs) composed of photosensitive material. To date, high-Q cavities have been realized through the use of double heterostructures where the lattice geometry is altered via nanolithography. Here, we show that selective postexposure to light of a uniform PCS composed of photosensitive material, altering the refractive index permanently, can also yield high-Q microcavities. We show theoretically that high-Q cavities (up to Q = 1 × 10 6 ) can be achieved with photoinduced index changes that are well within what can be achieved in chalcogenide glasses.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: August 23, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 18, 2006
Published: February 2, 2007

Snjezana Tomljenovic-Hanic, M. J. Steel, C. Martijn de Sterke, and David J. Moss, "High-Q cavities in photosensitive photonic crystals," Opt. Lett. 32, 542-544 (2007)

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