In situ tuning the optical properties of a cavity by wrinkling

Kolaric, Branko; Vandeparre, Hugues; Desprez, Sylvain; Vallée, Renaud A. L.; Damman, Pascal
January 2010
Applied Physics Letters;1/25/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 4, p043119
Academic Journal
In this letter we propose an original, in situ, approach to tune the optical properties of an optical cavity, based on the wrinkling of compressed metal/polymer multilayer thin films. This phenomenon is conceptually described, simulated, and experimentally confirmed. The main idea is to use wrinkling to modulate the effective refractive index of the upper interface. This modulation induces a spectral shift of the cavity modes. The work presented here constitutes a first step to the development of stretchable and curved photonics.


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