Mechano-optical wavelength tuning in a photonic crystal microcavity with sub-1 V drive voltage

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Abdulla, Shahina M.C. and Kauppinen, Lasse J. and Krijnen, Gijs J.M. and Ridder de, R.M. (2012) Mechano-optical wavelength tuning in a photonic crystal microcavity with sub-1 V drive voltage. Optics Letters, 37 (11). pp. 2010-2012. ISSN 0146-9592

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Abstract:A micro-bimorph cantilever with self-aligned nano-tips is monolithically integrated with a photonic crystal based device using optical and deep-UV lithography techniques. Upon electrostatic actuation, the dielectric nano-tips perturb the optical field providing electromechano-optical modulation of light. Static tuning of the optical transmission spectra by more than 600 pm is measured with a sub – 1 V drive voltage, resulting in a modulation as high as 21 dB. The observed strong electromechano-optical effect may find application in power efficient devices for optical communication networks, e.g. as wavelength routing element.
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Copyright:© 2012 Optical Society of America
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/80523
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.002010
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