, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 425-429
Date: 26 Nov 2008

Highly sensitive tuning of coupled optical ring resonators by microfluidics

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Abstract

The authors develop optofluidic coupled ring resonator (OCRR) system in which one of the ring resonators serves as a microfluidic channel. Highly sensitive tuning of the OCRR is demonstrated by making small changes in the refractive index of the fluid. A refractometric sensing scheme using the OCRR is proposed and demonstrated, allowing for measuring a refractive index change down to 10−9 refractive index units, two orders of magnitude better than a single ring resonator.