Heteroepitaxial all-garnet magneto-optical photonic crystal (MOPC) was fabricated to enhance Faraday rotation at 980 nm. MOPC was composed of alternating MO-active Bi3Fe5O12 and transparent Sm3Ga5O12 quarter-wavelength layers grown by rf-magnetron sputtering on Ca,Mg,Zr:Gd3Ga5O12(111) single crystal substrate. High MO performance at the resonance wavelength lambda=980 nm, specific Faraday rotation theta(F)=-7.3 degrees/mu m, absorption coefficient alpha=3350 cm(-1), and MO figure of merit Q=2 parallel to theta(F)parallel to/alpha=43.6 degrees demonstrates feasibility to use bismuth iron garnet MOPCs for application in pump laser diodes, optical amplifiers, modulators, and sensors.
2007. Vol. 90, no 19