High-Q contacted ring microcavities with scatterer-avoiding “wiggler” Bloch wave supermode fields

Abstract

High-Q ring resonators with contacts to the waveguide core provide a versatile platform for various applications in chip-scale optomechanics, thermoand electro-optics. We propose and demonstrate a novel approach to implement azimuthally periodic contacted ring resonators based on multi-mode Bloch matching that support contacts on both the inner and outer radius edges with small degradation to the optical Q. Radiative coupling between degenerate modes of adjacent transverse spatial order leads to imaginary frequency (Q) splitting and a scatterer avoiding high-Q “wiggler” supermode field. We experimentally measure Q’s up to 258, 000 in devices fabricated in a silicon device layer on buried oxide undercladding, and up to 139, 000 in devices fully suspended in air using an undercut step. Wiggler supermodes are true modes of the microphotonic system that offer new degrees of freedom in electrical, thermal and mechanical design.

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@inproceedings{Liu2014HighQCR, title={High-Q contacted ring microcavities with scatterer-avoiding “wiggler” Bloch wave supermode fields}, author={Yangyang Liu and Milo{\vs} A. Popovi and Anđelka Popovi{\'c}}, year={2014} }