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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 5 — Mar. 17, 2010

On-chip waveguide resonator with metallic mirrors

Steve Zamek, Amit Mizrahi, Liang Feng, Aleksandar Simic, and Yeshaiahu Fainman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 598-600 (2010)

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We introduce an optical microresonator consisting of a planar waveguide terminated by metallic mirrors. The resonator was fabricated on a silicon-on-insulator platform, and its optical performance was theoretically and experimentally investigated. The demonstrated device had dimensions of 200 μ m × 40 μ m and exhibited a quality factor of about 1000 and a free-spectral range of about 8 nm . Application to high-throughput, label-free biochemical sensing is considered, and optimization with respect to the surface sensitivity is carried out. The optimized sensitivity makes it possible to detect subnanometer layers of molecules adsorbing to the surface of the resonator.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(230.7400) Optical devices : Waveguides, slab
(280.1415) Remote sensing and sensors : Biological sensing and sensors

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Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: December 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 29, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 2, 2010
Published: February 12, 2010

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

Steve Zamek, Amit Mizrahi, Liang Feng, Aleksandar Simic, and Yeshaiahu Fainman, "On-chip waveguide resonator with metallic mirrors," Opt. Lett. 35, 598-600 (2010)

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