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Applied Physics B

, 105:129 | Cite as

All-optical switching and strong coupling using tunable whispering-gallery-mode microresonators

  • D. O’Shea
  • C. Junge
  • M. Pöllinger
  • A. Vogler
  • A. RauschenbeutelEmail author
Article

Abstract

We review our recent work on tunable, ultra-high quality factor whispering-gallery-mode bottle microresonators and highlight their applications in non-linear optics and in quantum optics experiments. Our resonators combine ultra-high quality factors of up to Q=3.6×108, a small mode volume, and near-lossless fiber coupling, with a simple and customizable mode structure enabling full tunability. We study, theoretically and experimentally, non-linear all-optical switching via the Kerr effect when the resonator is operated in an add–drop configuration. This allows us to optically route a single-wavelength cw optical signal between two fiber ports with high efficiency. Finally, we report on progress toward strong coupling of single rubidium atoms to an ultra-high Q mode of an actively stabilized bottle microresonator.

Keywords

Ring Resonator Kerr Effect Critical Coupling Bistable Regime Launch Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. O’Shea
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Junge
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Pöllinger
    • 1
  • A. Vogler
    • 1
    • 3
  • A. Rauschenbeutel
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Institut für PhysikJohannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, AtominstitutTU-WienViennaAustria
  3. 3.Research Center OPTIMASTechnische Universität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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