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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2010–2012

Mechano-optical wavelength tuning in a photonic crystal microcavity with sub-1 V drive voltage

Shahina M. C. Abdulla, Lasse J. Kauppinen, Gijs J. M. Krijnen, and René M. de Ridder  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 11, pp. 2010-2012 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.002010


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Abstract

A micro-bimorph cantilever with self-aligned nanotips is monolithically integrated with a photonic crystal based device using optical and deep UV lithography techniques. Upon electrostatic actuation, the dielectric nanotips perturb the optical field, providing electromechano-optical modulation of light. Static tuning of the optical transmission spectra by more than 600 pm is measured with a sub-1 V drive voltage, resulting in a modulation as high as 21 dB. The observed strong electromechano-optical effect may find application in power efficient devices for optical communication networks, such as wavelength routing elements.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(220.4880) Optical design and fabrication : Optomechanics
(230.4685) Optical devices : Optical microelectromechanical devices
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2012
Published: May 30, 2012

Citation
Shahina M. C. Abdulla, Lasse J. Kauppinen, Gijs J. M. Krijnen, and René M. de Ridder, "Mechano-optical wavelength tuning in a photonic crystal microcavity with sub-1 V drive voltage," Opt. Lett. 37, 2010-2012 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-11-2010


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