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Fiber coupling to BaTiO3 glass microspheres in an aqueous environment

Fiber coupling to BaTiO3 glass microspheres in an aqueous environment

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  • Oleksiy Svitelskiy
  • Yangcheng Li
  • Arash Darafsheh
  • Misha Sumetsky
  • David Carnegie
  • Edik Rafailov
  • Vasily N. Astratov

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Journal publication date1 Aug 2011


Compact microspheres with high-quality (Q) whispering gallery modes are required for many applications involving liquid immersion, such as sensing nanoparticles and studying resonant radiative pressure effects. We show that high-index (1.9 and 2.1) barium titanate glass (BTG) microspheres are perfect candidates for these applications due to their high-Q (similar to 10(4) in the 1100-1600 nm range) resonances evanescently excited in spheres with diameters of 4-15 mu m. By reattaching the spheres at different positions along a tapered optical fiber, we show that the coupling constant exponentially increases with thinner fiber diameters. We demonstrate the close to critical coupling regime with intrinsic Q = 3 x 10(4) for water immersed 14 mu m BTG spheres. (C) 2011 Optical Society of America


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