Microsphere whispering gallery mode coupler based on a S-bend waveguide structure

Hsin Tung Chiang, Gi Zen Lin, Chao Yi Tai, Chia Jong Liu

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Resonant cavities are key components in photonic circuits which provide feedback, wavelength selectivity and energy storage. Microspheres[1], in particular, support ultrahigh-Q whispering gallery modes (WGMs) that may lead to large delays and enhanced optical nonlinearity within several tens of microns length scale. Most of the demonstrated devices to date utilize a tapered fiber to excite the WGMs, however this coupling architecture not only lacks of rigid stability but inhibits dense integration to form more sophisticated planar lightwave circuits (PLCs). Here we report an alternative approach based on evanescent coupling between the microsphere and a S-bend waveguide structure. This approach provides better mechanical stability and is capable for on-chip integration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotonics North 2006
StatePublished - 2006
EventPhotonics North 2006 - Quebec City, QB, Canada
Duration: 5 Jun 20068 Jun 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6343 II
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferencePhotonics North 2006
CityQuebec City, QB


  • Bend loss
  • Conformal transformation
  • Microsphere
  • S-bend waveguide


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