Analytical Approaches to the Description of Optical Microresonator Devices

Manfred Hammer, Kirankumar R. Hiremath, Remco Stoffer

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    Optical ring resonators are commonly discussed on the basis of a frequency‐domain model, that divides a resonator into coupler elements, ring cavity segments, and the straight port waveguides. We look at the assumptions underlying this model and at its implications, including remarks on reciprocity/symmetry arguments, the general power transfer characteristics, the resonance condition, the spectral distance and width of the resonances, the quantities that describe the resonator performance, and a few remarks about tuning. A survey of bend mode properties and a coupler description in terms of coupled mode theory fills the abstract notions of the model. As an example for devices that rely on a standing wave principle, in contrast to the traveling waves found in the microrings, we consider in less detail microresonators with square or rectangular cavity shapes. Also here a frequency domain coupled mode theory can be applied that opens up simple possibilities to characterize resonant configurations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMicroresonators As Building Blocks For VLSI Photonics
    Subtitle of host publicationInternational School of Quantum Electronics, 39th Course
    EditorsMario Bertolotti, Alfred Driessen, Francesco Michelotti
    Place of PublicationMelville, NY
    PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
    ISBN (Print)0-7354-0184-5
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2004
    EventMicroresonators as building blocks for VLSI photonics 2003
    : 39th Course International School of Quantum Electronics
    - Erice, Italy
    Duration: 18 Oct 200325 Oct 2003

    Publication series

    NameAIP Conference Proceedings
    ISSN (Print)0094-243X


    ConferenceMicroresonators as building blocks for VLSI photonics 2003


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