Experimental Characterization of the Optical Loss of Sapphire-Bonded Photonic Crystal Laser Cavities

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Sapphire-bonded photonic crystal laser cavities with varying number of photonic crystal periods were studied in order to determine the optical loss in these cavities. The lasing threshold increases as the number of lattice periods decreases, and the quality factors of these cavities were calculated from the lasing threshold data. Continuous-wave operation was achieved for cavities with eight or more cladding periods