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Authors: R. Morarescu, P. Pal, N. Teigell Beneitez, J. Missine, G. Van Steenberge, P. Bienstman, G. Morthier
Title: Fabrication and Characterization of High-Optical-Quality-Factor Hybrid Polymer Microring Resonators Operating at Very Near Infrared Wavelengths
Format: International Journal
Publication date: 4/2016
Journal/Conference/Book: IEEE Photonics Journal
Volume(Issue): 8 p.6600409
DOI: 10.1109/JPHOT.2016.2544641
Citations: 17 ( - last update: 19/5/2024)
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In this paper, we present a new fabrication method for large-area hybrid polymer microring resonators using a rib waveguide configuration with a minimum residual
layer down to 40 nm by ultraviolet (UV) nanoimprint lithography. In a first step, a negative photoresist (SU8-2) patterned by photolithography on an SiO2/silicon wafer was used as a master mold. Flexible soft molds using perfluoropolyether (PFPE)-based elastomers for high-resolution replica molding are explored in the imprinting process flow.
High-quality devices with Q-factors up to 39000 and finesses up to F  14 were demonstrated for very-near infrared wavelengths (around 900 nm). Finally, we report that the resonances can be thermooptically tuned by 0.05 nm/°C at 896 nm, thus demonstrating
that, at shorter wavelengths, the fabricated microring resonators are less sensitive to temperature change, compared with longer wavelengths. The results of this paper demonstrate the capability of our method to fabricate optical devices with high performance
for operation in a single mode at wavelengths where cheap light sources are available and water absorption is much lower than at far-infrared wavelengths. Because of this, it is expected that the fabricated structures have high potential for biosensing applications.

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