We demonstrate the trimming of silicon-on-insulator ring resonators with a cladding layer of polymerizable liquid crystal. An electric field is applied over the cladding layer to tune the resonance of the ring resonators, which is then fixed by UV illumination of the polymerizable liquid crystal. A range of 0.56 nm is obtained. We provide the material properties of the polymerizable liquid crystal, give a description of the tuning mechanism and present experimental results. This method opens up possibilities in the field of low-cost trimming of photonic devices.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 3, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2012
Published: April 25, 2012
Sofie Lambert, Wout De Cort, Jeroen Beeckman, Kristiaan Neyts, and Roel Baets, "Trimming of silicon-on-insulator ring resonators with a polymerizable liquid crystal cladding," Opt. Lett. 37, 1475-1477 (2012)