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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1866–1868

Super free spectral range tunable optical microbubble resonator

M. Sumetsky, Y. Dulashko, and R. S. Windeler  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 11, pp. 1866-1868 (2010)

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An optical resonator is often called fully tunable if its tunable range exceeds the spectral interval that contains the resonances at all the characteristic modes of this resonator. For high-Q-factor spheroidal and toroidal microresonators, this interval coincides with the azimuthal free spectral range (FSR). In this Letter, we demonstrate what we believe to be the first mechanically fully tunable spheroidal microresonator created of a silica microbubble having a 100 μm order radius and 1 μm order wall thickness. The tunable bandwidth of this resonator is more than two times greater than its azimuthal FSR.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(140.3948) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavity devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 15, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2010
Published: May 26, 2010

M. Sumetsky, Y. Dulashko, and R. S. Windeler, "Super free spectral range tunable optical microbubble resonator," Opt. Lett. 35, 1866-1868 (2010)

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