Recently, integrated optic applications on SOI substrate like add-and-drop structures or wavelength filters based on microdisk resonators have been investigated by many research groups. Microdisks exhibiting high quality-factor thanks to the high refractive index contrast between silica and silicon materials have been already reported. However efficient components usually show few micrometers diameter which is huge compared to photonic crystals ones. In this paper, realization and characterization of efficient and compact components are reported. The dropped-wavelength function, composed of a 1.5 μm radius disk and 0.3 μm x 0.3 μm square section waveguides is demonstrated. 22 dB extinction ratio is measured from spectral measurement while keeping a quality factor of 1000. In this structure, the distance between the microdisk and the waveguide is discussed from experimental point of view. Indeed, the efficiency of the add-and-drop strongly depends on this parameter. Moreover, a wavelength filter based on a 4 μm radius microdisk is also shown. Quality-factors of 92,900 ± 5500 were measured showing that these filters are more efficient than equivalent microring filters. A 10 dB extinction ratio of the wavelength rejected signal is reported. For some resonance wavelengths, spectral response degeneracy of the filter appears. An explanation of this effect is given in this paper.
In the past few years, many studies have been carried out to use the ability of light to transport information into silicon-based integrated photonic circuits. The realization of an efficient silicon-based light source is therefore necessary but however challenging. Lasing cannot be easily achieved from silicon emission because of its indirect bandgap. Therefore, one solution proposed is to use other efficient emitters, like rare earth, into silicon or Silicon On Insulator based microcavities. Silica microdisk has been demonstrated to support high-Q whispering-gallery modes, and can be upgraded to ultra-high-Q toroidal microcavities by a CO2 laser melting process. Microdisk high Q-factor balances the low gain generally obtained from the active medium. Thus, those microcavities may be good candidates
for silicon-based laser. In this paper, the fabrication and room
temperature operation of silica microdisk associated with Er-doped silicon rich oxide is presented. Er atoms are excited at the 351 nm wavelength via the silicon clusters, giving to the material a high photonic capture section, and therefore a good photoluminescence efficiency. We demonstrate efficient coupling of erbium atoms to high-Q whispering-gallery modes. The photoluminescence spectrum is then theoretically treated. The WGM resonances are thus identified. We also discuss the contribution of the spot excitation and the weak coupling to the higher radial order modes. Finally, the polarization dependence of the observed modes is investigated, and the experimental results are compared to our analytical model of disk-shape cavities. Those results give us to think that an integrated laser should be soon achieved.