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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3308–3311

Fine tuning of micropillar cavity modes through repetitive oxidations

Morten P. Bakker, Donald J. Suntrup, III, Henk Snijders, Tuan-Ahn Truong, Pierre M. Petroff, Dirk Bouwmeester, and Martin P. van Exter  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 17, pp. 3308-3311 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.003308


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Abstract

Repetitive wet thermal oxidations of a tapered oxide aperture in a micropillar structure are demonstrated. After each oxidation step the confined optical modes are analyzed at room temperature. Three regimes are identified. First, the optical confinement increases when the aperture oxidizes toward the center. Then, the cavity modes shift by more than 30 nm when the taper starts to oxidize through the center, leading to a decrease in the optical path length. Finally, the resonance frequency levels off when the aperture is oxidized all the way through the micropillar, but confined optical modes with a high quality factor remain. This repetitive oxidation technique therefore enables precise control of the optical cavity volume or wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(230.5590) Optical devices : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: May 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 19, 2013
Published: August 22, 2013

Citation
Morten P. Bakker, Donald J. Suntrup, Henk Snijders, Tuan-Ahn Truong, Pierre M. Petroff, Dirk Bouwmeester, and Martin P. van Exter, "Fine tuning of micropillar cavity modes through repetitive oxidations," Opt. Lett. 38, 3308-3311 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-17-3308


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