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Wavelength-tunable optical ring resonators

United States Patent

July 19, 2011
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Optical ring resonator devices are disclosed that can be used for optical filtering, modulation or switching, or for use as photodetectors or sensors. These devices can be formed as microdisk ring resonators, or as open-ring resonators with an optical waveguide having a width that varies adiabatically. Electrical and mechanical connections to the open-ring resonators are made near a maximum width of the optical waveguide to minimize losses and thereby provide a high resonator Q. The ring resonators can be tuned using an integral electrical heater, or an integral semiconductor junction.
Watts; Michael R. (Albuquerque, NM), Trotter; Douglas C. (Albuquerque, NM), Young; Ralph W. (Albuquerque, NM), Nielson; Gregory N. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 248,679
October 9, 2008
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.