Departmental Seminar

High-Q modes with low azimuthal indices in all-dielectric high-index subwavelength resonators

Mr Kirill Koshelev
ITMO University, Russia

Recent progress in nanoscale optical physics is associated with the development of a new branch of nanophotonics exploring strong Mie resonances in dielectric nanoparticles with high refractive index. The high-index resonant dielectric nanostructures form building blocks for novel photonic metadevices with low losses and advanced functionalities. However, unlike extensively studied cavities in photonic crystals, such dielectric resonators demonstrate low quality factors (Q-factors). We uncover a novel mechanism for achieving giant Q-factors of subwavelength nanoscale resonators by realizing the regime of bound states in the continuum and Friedrich-Wintgen scenario of destructive interference [1]. We reveal strong mode coupling and Fano resonances in homogeneous high-index dielectric finite-length nanorods resulting in high-Q factors at the nanoscale. Applying rigorous non-Hermitian method of the resonant-state expansion we show that formation of high-Q modes is not effect of interaction between incident field and resonator but is completely internal effect of coupling between resonator’s eigenmodes. We confirm our theoretical findings with microwave experiments by using a high-index cylindrical resonator with tunable aspect ratio. Thus, high-index dielectric resonators represent the simplest example of nanophotonic supercavities, expanding substantially the range of applications of all-dielectric resonant nanophotonics and meta-optics.

[1] High-Q supercavity modes in subwavelength dielectric resonators, M.V. Rybin, K.L. Koshelev et al, arXiv:1706.02099, 2017

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