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Title: Tuning of split-ladder cavity by its intrinsic nano-deformation
Authors: Tian, F. 
Zhou, G. 
Chau, F.-S. 
Deng, J.
Du, Y. 
Tang, X.
Akkipeddi, R.
Loke, Y.C.
Issue Date: 3-Dec-2012
Citation: Tian, F., Zhou, G., Chau, F.-S., Deng, J., Du, Y., Tang, X., Akkipeddi, R., Loke, Y.C. (2012-12-03). Tuning of split-ladder cavity by its intrinsic nano-deformation. Optics Express 20 (25) : 27697-27707. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A wide-range split-ladder photonic crystal cavity which is tuned by changing its intrinsic gap width is designed and experimentally verified. Different from the coupled cavities that feature resonance splitting into symmetric and anti-symmetric modes, the single split-ladder cavity has only the symmetric modes of fundamental resonance and second-order resonance in its band gap. Finite-difference time-domain simulations demonstrate that bipolar resonance tuning (red shift and blue shift respectively) can be achieved by shrinking and expanding the cavity's gap, and that there is a linear relationship between the resonance shifts and changes in gap width. Simulations also show that the split-ladder cavity can possess a high Q-factor when the total number of air holes in the cavity is increased. Experimentally, comb drive actuator is used to control the extent of the cavity's gap and the variation of its displacements with applied voltage is calibrated with a scanning electron microscope. The measured wavelength of the second-order resonance shifts linearly towards blue with increase in gap width. The maximum blue shift is 17 nm, corresponding to a cavity gap increase of 26 nm with no obvious degradation of Q-factor. © 2012 Optical Society of America.
Source Title: Optics Express
ISSN: 10944087
DOI: 10.1364/OE.20.027697
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