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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 8 — Jun. 8, 2010

Optical microbubble resonator

M. Sumetsky, Y. Dulashko, and R. S. Windeler  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 898-900 (2010)

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We develop a method for fabricating very small silica microbubbles having a micrometer-order wall thickness and demonstrate the first optical microbubble resonator. Our method is based on blowing a microbubble using stable radiative C O 2 laser heating rather than unstable convective heating in a flame or furnace. Microbubbles are created along a microcapillary and are naturally opened to the input and output microfluidic or gas channels. The demonstrated microbubble resonator has 370 μ m diameter, 2 μ m wall thickness, and a Q factor exceeding 10 6 .

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(140.3948) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavity devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 29, 2010
Published: March 17, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

M. Sumetsky, Y. Dulashko, and R. S. Windeler, "Optical microbubble resonator," Opt. Lett. 35, 898-900 (2010)

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