Whispering gallery mode devices have emerged as a powerful class of optical devices in which light-matter interactions are significantly enhanced within micron-scale structures, making them an ideal platform for both fundamental science and applications such as advanced sensors, low-threshold lasers and nonlinear optics, just to name a few. Typically, fibers tapers or prisms are used as optical couplers for the resonators. We demonstrate angle-polished fibers as an alternative option to efficiently couple light to a high-quality whispering-gallery resonator. Angle-polished fibers offer the advantage of rapid fabrication, increased mechanical stability versus fiber tapers, and the ability to tune the excitation angle of light. We demonstrate the use of angle-polished fibers for coupling light out of a whispering-gallery device as well as a rapid, low-cost method for fabricating the couplers.
Optical Whispering Gallery Mode (WGM) microresonators have become a powerful tool in fundamental physics as well as significant applications. Optical sensors based on WGM resonators have shown ultra-high sensitivity levels for various analytes. Among various kinds of WGM resonators, microbubble resonators (MBRs) are especially appealing as sensors, since the optical and fluidic elements are combined into a single component. We have developed a simple, rapid, and reliable packaging technique for silica microbubble resonators using 3-D printed packaged chips. The packaged MBR offer Q-factors at high as 106 with stability to environmental fluxes such as temperature. As an initial application, we demonstrate internal pressure sensing with our packaged MBR devices. The integration of both optical and fluidic components shows potential in a wide variety of field-based and point-of-care applications.
Whispering Gallery Mode (WGM) microresonators are a powerful class of optical devices in which light is confined within a small volume. These devices offer the advantages of high sensitivity, affordable cost of fabrication, and ease of integration with conventional electronic systems. In particular, microbubble resonators are a unique type of WGM devices in which the optical and fluidic elements are combined into a single component. We have developed a packaged, silica microbubble resonator device for field applications using 3-D printed substrates. These devices offer Qfactors at high as 106.