Abstract

We propose a novel concept for creating high-Q cavities in photonic crystal slabs (PCSs) composed of photosensitive material. To date, high-Q cavities have been realized through the use of double heterostructures where the lattice geometry is altered via nanolithography. Here, we show that selective postexposure to light of a uniform PCS composed of photosensitive material, altering the refractive index permanently, can also yield high-Q microcavities. We show theoretically that high-Q cavities (up to Q=1×106) can be achieved with photoinduced index changes that are well within what can be achieved in chalcogenide glasses.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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