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Opt Lett. 2004 Mar 15;29(6):533-5.

Replica-molded high-Q polymer microresonators.

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Department of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, M/C 128-95, Pasadena, California 91125, USA.


Ultrahigh-Q microtoroids on a chip are applied as replication masters to demonstrate replica-molded high-Q microresonator arrays. Replica Q factors are nearly material loss limited, affirming the integrity of the replication process, and are as high as 5 x 10(6), or nearly a factor of 40 greater than previous polymer-based devices. Because the molding process is nondestructive, both the master and the molds can be reused. Additionally, by using a novel optical polymer (Vicast), we demonstrate storage of high-Q microresonators in the mold for weeks, providing a method to preserve the whispering-gallery Q factor.


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