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Reversible tuning of photonic crystal cavities using photochromic thin films
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We demonstrate reversible tuning of a photonic crystal cavity resonance using a thin photochromicfilm composed of spiropyran and polymethylmethacrylate that serves as a photosensitive cladding layer. Exposure of spiropyran to ultraviolet light results in smooth redshift of the cavity resonance that can be reversed by exposure to visible wavelength light. We achieve a reversible resonance shift of up to 2.7 nm, which can be performed locally on individual cavities. The resonance shift over multiple successive UV and visible light exposures is studied to determine the repeatability of the photochromicfilm.
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