Internal and external resonances of dielectric disks

C. P. Dettmann, G. V. Morozov, M. Sieber, H. Waalkens

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Circular microresonators (microdisks) are micron size dielectric disks embedded in a material of lower refractive index. They possess modes with complex eigenvalues (resonances) which are solutions of analytically given transcendental equations. The behavior of such eigenvalues in the small opening limit, i.e. when the refractive index of the cavity goes to infinity, is analyzed. This analysis allows one to clearly distinguish between internal (Feshbach) and external (shape) resonant modes for both TM and TE polarizations. This is especially important for TE polarization for which internal and external resonances can be found in the same region of the complex wave number plane. It is also shown that for both polarizations, the internal as well as external resonances can be classified by well-defined azimuthal and radial modal indices
Original languageEnglish
Article number 34003
JournalEPL (Europhysics Letters)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


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