Abstract

Surprisingly intense spectra of whispering gallery modes were observed in polymer microbeads after illumination with electrons in a scanning electron microscope and subsequent laser illumination and spectral analysis. It will be proposed that whispering gallery mode resonances became visible after local deposition of hydrocarbon material through electron beam-induced deposition. The illumination of deposited material with a near infrared laser generates a broad light spectrum, acting as a local “white light” source that couples, for favorable wavelengths, with the WGM sustained by the sphere. This facilitates a spectroscopic analysis of the WGM and provides the Q-factor and free spectral range for all investigated particles. The analysis by an integrated SEM and Raman micro-spectrometer offers a direct approach to the analysis of WGM resonators as they are, for instance, used in sensing.

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