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High-Q optical nanocavities in planar photonic crystals
Author(s): Jelena Vuckovic; Marko Loncar; Tomoyuki Yoshie; Axel Scherer; Michael Armen; Jon Williams; Hideo Mabuchi
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Paper Abstract

Planar photonic crystals are constructed by combining two-dimensional periodic structures with high refractive index contrast slabs. By suppressing the loss in these structures due to imperfect confinement in the third dimension, one can fully take advantage of their relatively simple fabrication, and achieve the functionality of three-dimensional photonic crystals. One of the greatest challenges in photonic crystal research is a construction of optical nanocavities with small mode volumes and large quality factors, for efficient localization of light. Beside standard applications of these structures (such as lasers or filters), they can potentially be used for cavity QED experiments, or as building blocks for quantum networks. This paper will address our theoretical and experimental results on optical nanocavities based on planar photonic crystals, with mode volumes as small as one half of cubic wavelength of light in material, and with Q factors even larger than 1x104.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4629, Laser Resonators and Beam Control V, (6 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469495
Show Author Affiliations
Jelena Vuckovic, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Marko Loncar, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Tomoyuki Yoshie, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Axel Scherer, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Michael Armen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jon Williams, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Hideo Mabuchi, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4629:
Laser Resonators and Beam Control V
Alexis V. Kudryashov, Editor(s)

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