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Tuning of whispering gallery modes of polymeric micro-spheres and shells using external electric field
Author(s): Tindaro Ioppolo; Ulas Ayaz; M. Volkan Ötügen
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Paper Abstract

The electrostriction effect on the whispering gallery modes (WGM) of polymeric micro-spheres is investigated analytically and experimentally. Electrostriction is the elastic deformation (mechanical strain) of a dielectric material due the force exerted by an electric field. The elastic deformation also leads to mechanical stress which perturbs the refractive index of the sphere. Both if these effects (strain and stress) induce a shift in the WGM of the dielectric microsphere. We develop analytical expressions for the WGM shift due to electrostriction for solid and thin-walled micro-shells. The analytical results show that detection of electric fields < 1000 V/m is possible using water filled PDMS microshells. The electric field sensitivities for solid spheres, on the other hand, are significantly smaller. Results of experiments carried out using solid polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) spheres agree well with the analytical prediction. These results are encouraging for future development of WGM-based optical switches/filters as well as electric field sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7579, Laser Resonators and Beam Control XII, 75790W (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.841033
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Tindaro Ioppolo, Southern Methodist Univ. (United States)
Ulas Ayaz, Southern Methodist Univ. (United States)
M. Volkan Ötügen, Southern Methodist Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7579:
Laser Resonators and Beam Control XII
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Editor(s)

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