Fiber coupling to BaTiO3 glass microspheres in an aqueous environment

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

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    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

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2862-2864
    Number of pages3
    JournalOptics Letters
    Issue number15
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011




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