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Q factors and resonant states of whispering-gallery-mode dielectric microdisk cavities for lasing applications
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Paper Abstract

We study the effect of boundary roughness on the resonant states broadening of the optical whispering-gallery-mode microdisk lasing cavities. We develop a new, computationally effective, and numerically stable approach based on the scattering matrix (S-matrix) technique that is capable to deal with both arbitrary complex geometry and inhomogeneous refraction index inside the two-dimensional cavity. The method presented has been applied to study the effect of surface roughness and inhomogeneity of the refraction index on Q-values of microdisk cavities for lasing applications. We demonstrate that even small surface roughness (Δr⟨ λ/50) can lead to an extreme degradation of high-Q cavity modes by many orders of magnitude. The results of numerical simulation are analyzed and explained in terms of wave reflection at a curved dielectric interface combined with the examination of Poincare surfaces of section as well as Husimi distributions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5708, Laser Resonators and Beam Control VIII, (12 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.602030
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Aliaksandr I. Rahachou, Linkoping Univ. (Sweden)
Igor V. Zozoulenko, Linkoping Univ. (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5708:
Laser Resonators and Beam Control VIII
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton, Editor(s)

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