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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2010
  • pp: 459–461

Hybrid silica-polymer ultra-high-Q microresonators

Hong Seok Choi, Xiaomin Zhang, and Andrea M. Armani  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 459-461 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.000459


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Abstract

Ultra-high-quality (UHQ) factor optical cavities have numerous applications throughout engineering and science. Incorporating active elements into these UHQ cavities to create dynamic devices would extend their applicability; however, it is inherently difficult to develop an active UHQ device. Ultra-thin films formed from optically active polymers provide one route to overcome this limitation. In the present work, hybrid devices composed of UHQ planar optical cavities with ultra-thin films are fabricated on a silicon wafer. Using finite element method simulations, the optical field overlap between the cavity and the polymer film is modeled and experimentally verified using two polymers: poly(methyl methacrylate) and polystyrene. These hybrid devices have demonstrated material-limited Q factors above 10 7 .

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: November 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 21, 2009
Published: February 4, 2010

Virtual Issues
Vol. 5, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Hong Seok Choi, Xiaomin Zhang, and Andrea M. Armani, "Hybrid silica-polymer ultra-high-Q microresonators," Opt. Lett. 35, 459-461 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-4-459


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