The ink-jet technique was developed to print the wedge polymer microdisk lasers. The characterization of these lasers was implemented using a free-space optics measurement setup. It was found that disks of larger edge inclination angles have a larger free spectral range (FSR) and a lower resonance wavelength difference between the fundamental transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) whispering-gallery modes (WGMs). This behavior was also confirmed with simulations based on the modified Oxborrow’s model with perfectly matched layers (PMLs), which was adopted to accurately calculate the eigenfrequencies, electric field distributions, and quality parameters of modes in the axisymmetric microdisk resonators. Combined with the nearly equivalent quality factor (Q-factor) and finesse factor (F-factor) variations, the correlations between the TE and left adjacent TM modes were theoretically demonstrated. When the edge inclination angle is varied, the distinguishable mode distribution facilitates the precise estimation of a resonance wavelength shift. Therefore, the flexible and efficient nature of wedge polymer microdisk lasers extends their potential applications in precision sensing technology.
Cong Chen, Lei Wan, Hengky Chandrahalim, Jian Zhou, Hui Zhang, Sangha Cho, Ting Mei, Hiroaki Yoshioka, Huiping Tian, Naoya Nishimura, Xudong Fan, Lingjie Jay Guo, and Yuji Oki, "Effects of edge inclination angles on whispering-gallery modes in printable wedge microdisk lasers," Opt. Express, 26, 2018, pp. 233-241. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.26.000233