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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 4413–4416

Thermo-optomechanical oscillations in high-Q ZBLAN microspheres

Yang Deng, Ricardo Flores-Flores, Ravinder K. Jain, and Mani Hossein-Zadeh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 21, pp. 4413-4416 (2013)

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We report stable thermo-optomechanical oscillations in high-Q-spherical ZBLAN microcavities. The oscillations are manifested as a complex combination of fast and slow oscillation periods. This behavior appears to be a consequence of the interplay between the negative thermo-optic effect, thermal expansion, and the Kerr effect. We have characterized the oscillatory behavior and measured the corresponding frequencies as a function of input power, wavelength detuning, and loaded optical quality factor. Our analysis shows that, as a gas sensor in the mid-IR spectral region, this thermo-optomechanical oscillator is two orders of magnitude more sensitive than previously demonstrated hybrid microtoroidal oscillators operating in the near-IR spectral region.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4870) Nonlinear optics : Photothermal effects
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.4910) Optical devices : Oscillators
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: July 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2013
Published: October 29, 2013

Yang Deng, Ricardo Flores-Flores, Ravinder K. Jain, and Mani Hossein-Zadeh, "Thermo-optomechanical oscillations in high-Q ZBLAN microspheres," Opt. Lett. 38, 4413-4416 (2013)

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