Thermo-optic tuning of a packaged whispering gallery mode resonator filled with nematic liquid crystal

Vishnu Kavungal, Gerald Farrell, Qiang Wu, Arun Kumar Mallik, Yuliya Semenova

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Abstract

Thermo-optic tuning of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) in a nematic liquid crystal-filled thin-walled capillary tube resonator is reported. WGMs were excited by the evanescent field from a tapered optical fiber. Tapered optical fiber fabrication and reduction of wall thickness of the capillary tube was carried out by a ceramic micro-heater brushing technique. A simple and robust packaging technique is demonstrated to ensure stable and repeatable operation of the device. Tunability of WGMs with temperature was demonstrated with a sensitivity of 267.5 ± 2.5 pm/°C. The demonstrated thermo-optic method for WGMs tuning is potentially useful for many tunable photonic devices and sensors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8431-8442
JournalOptics Express
Volume26
Issue number7
Early online date23 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018

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