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Preparation and characterization of optical microspheres for refractive-index sensing
Author(s): Filip Todorov; Michal Jelínek; Vlastimil Matejec; Miroslav Chomát; Václav Kubecek; Daniela Berková; Radek Sedlár
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Paper Abstract

The paper deals with the preparation and characterization of whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) microresonators. Three types of materials were used for the preparation of these microresonators, namely silica optical fibers, polydimethylsiloxane polymer and UV-acrylate polymer. In the case of the silica fibers microspheres were prepared by heating the fiber tip with a miniburner or CO2 laser. Polymer microresonators were applied onto tips of fiber substrates when they were dipped into polymer and immediately cured. Microresonators with a diameter ranging from 70 to 1000 μm were prepared. Transmission properties of the prepared microresonators were investigated in experiments where a microresonator was excited by a red laser at 660 nm by using evanescent field of a coupling element, namely a glass or silica fiber prism. The output power from the coupling element was detected. Temporal changes of the output power caused by heating the microresonators were also measured and explained in terms of the microresonator quality factor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7716, Micro-Optics 2010, 77161X (14 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853839
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Filip Todorov, Institute of Photonics and Electronics AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Michal Jelínek, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Vlastimil Matejec, Institute of Photonics and Electronics AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Miroslav Chomát, Institute of Photonics and Electronics AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Václav Kubecek, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Daniela Berková, Institute of Photonics and Electronics AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Radek Sedlár, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7716:
Micro-Optics 2010
Hugo Thienpont; Peter Van Daele; Jürgen Mohr; Hans Zappe, Editor(s)

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