Acousto-optic modulation of photonic bound state in the continuum
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AbstractPhotonic bound states in the continuum (BICs) have recently been studied in various systems and have found wide applications in sensors, lasers, and filters. Applying BICs in photonic integrated circuits enables low-loss light guidance and routing in low-refractive-index waveguides on high-refractive-index substrates, which opens a new avenue for integrated photonics with functional single-crystal materials. Here, we demonstrate high-quality integrated lithium niobate microcavities inside which the photonic BIC modes circulate and further modulate these BIC modes acousto-optically by using piezoelectrically actuated surface acoustic waves at microwave frequencies. With a high acousto-optic modulation frequency, the acousto-optic coupling is well situated in the resolved-sideband regime. This leads to coherent coupling between microwave and optical photons, which is exhibited by the observed electro-acousto-optically induced transparency and absorption. Therefore, our devices serve as a paradigm for manipulating and controlling photonic BICs on a chip, which will enable many other applications of photonic BICs in the areas of microwave photonics and quantum information processing.
All Author(s) ListYu ZJ, Sun XK
Journal nameLight: Science and Applications
Year2020
Month1
Volume Number9
Issue Number1
PublisherSpringer Nature [academic journals on nature.com]: Fully open access journals / Nature Publishing Group
Article number1
ISSN2047-7538
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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