We demonstrate optofluidic tuning of polymer photonic crystal band edge lasers with an imposed rectangular symmetry. The emission wavelength depends on both lattice constant and cladding refractive index. The emission wavelength is shown to change 1 nm with a cladding refractive index change of 10−2. The rectangular symmetry modification alters the emission characteristics of the devices and the relative emission intensities along the symmetry axes depend on cladding refractive index, suggesting a sensor concept based on detection of intensity rather than wavelength.
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Bernal, F., Christiansen, M. B., Gersborg-Hansen, M., & Kristensen, A. (2007). Optofluidic tuning of photonic crystal band edge lasers. Applied Physics Letters, 91(22), 223503. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2817610