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Frontiers in Optics
Tucson, Arizona United States
October 16-21, 2005
ISBN: 1-55752-797-0
Photonic Band Engineering (FTuQ)

Optical Forces in Microphotonic Waveguides

Michelle L. Povinelli, Marko Lončar, Mihai Ibanescu, Elizabeth J. Smythe, Steven G. Johnson, Federico Capasso, and John D. Joannopoulos


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We calculate forces caused by light traveling in microphotonic waveguides. Both attractive and repulsive forces result from overlapping waveguide modes. Slow light enhancement in photonic-crystal structures is shown to further magnify force values.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(200.4880) Optics in computing : Optomechanics
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits

M. L. Povinelli, M. Lončar, M. Ibanescu, E. J. Smythe, S. G. Johnson, F. Capasso, and J. D. Joannopoulos, "Optical Forces in Microphotonic Waveguides," in Frontiers in Optics, OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper FTuQ6.

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