TITLE

The combination of high Q factor and chirality in twin cavities and microcavity chain

AUTHOR(S)
Qinghai Song; Nan Zhang; Huilin Zhai; Shuai Liu; Zhiyuan Gu; Kaiyang Wang; Shang Sun; Zhiwei Chen; Meng Li; Shumin Xiao
PUB. DATE
October 2014
SOURCE
Scientific Reports;10/3/2014, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Chirality in microcavities has recently shown its bright future in optical sensing and microsized coherent light sources. The key parameters for such applications are the high quality (Q) factor and large chirality. However, the previous reported chiral resonances are either low Q modes or require very special cavity designs. Here we demonstrate a novel, robust, and general mechanism to obtain the chirality in circular cavity. By placing a circular cavity and a spiral cavity in proximity, we show that ultra-high Q factor, large chirality, and unidirectional output can be obtained simultaneously. The highest Q factors of the non-orthogonal mode pairs are almost the same as the ones in circular cavity. And the co-propagating directions of the non-orthogonal mode pairs can be reversed by tuning the mode coupling. This new mechanism for the combination of high Q factor and large chirality is found to be very robust to cavity size, refractive index, and the shape deformation, showing very nice fabrication tolerance. And it can be further extended to microcavity chain and microcavity plane. We believe that our research will shed light on the practical applications of chirality and microcavities.
ACCESSION #
98704619

 

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