Nanoscale light-matter interactions in the near-field of high-Q microresonators
Eftekhar, Ali Asghar
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The light-matter interaction in the near-field of high-Q resonators in SOI and SiN platforms is studied. The interactions of high-Q traveling-wave resonators with both resonant and non-resonant nanoparticles are studied and different applications based on this enhanced interactions in near-field such as high-resolution imaging of mode profile of high-Q resonators, label-free sensing, optical trapping, and SERS sensing are investigated. A near-field imaging system for the investigation of the near-field phenomena in the near-field of high-Q resonators is realized. A new technique for high-resolution imaging of the optical modes in high-Q resonators based on the near-field perturbation is developed that enables to achieve a very high resolution (< 10 nm) near-field image. The prospect of the high Q resonators on SOI platform for highly multiplexed label-free sensing and the effect of different phenomena such as the analyte drift and diffusion and the binding kinetics are studied. Also, the possibility of enhancing nanoparticle binding to the sensor surface using optical trapping is investigated and the dynamic of a nanoparticle in the high-Q resonator optical trap is studied. Furthermore, the interaction between a resonant nanoparticle with a high-Q microdisk resonator and its application for SERS sensing is studied. A model for interaction of resonant nanoparticles with high-Q resonators is developed and the optimal parameters for the design of coupled microdisk resonator and a plasmonic nanoparticle are calculated. The possible of resonant plasmonic nanoparticle trapping and alignment in an SiN microdisk resonator optical trap is also shown.