High-Q measurements of fused-silica microspheres in the near infrared.

  title={High-Q measurements of fused-silica microspheres in the near infrared.},
  author={David W. Vernooy and Vladimir Ilchenko and Hideo Mabuchi and Erik W. Streed and H. Jeff Kimble},
  journal={Optics letters},
  volume={23 4},
Measurements of the quality factor Q approximately 8x10(9) are reported for the whispering-gallery modes (WGM's) of quartz microspheres for the wavelengths 670, 780, and 850 nm; these results correspond to finesse f approximately 2.2x10(6) . The observed independence of Q from wavelength indicates that losses for the WGM's are dominated by a mechanism other than bulk absorption in fused silica in the near infrared. Data obtained by atomic force microscopy combined with a simple model for… CONTINUE READING
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