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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 10 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: 9066–9073

Precession optomechanics

Xingyu Zhang, Matthew Tomes, and Tal Carmon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 10, pp. 9066-9073 (2011)

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We propose a light-structure interaction that utilizes circularly polarized light to deform a slightly bent waveguide. The mechanism allows for flipping the direction of deformation upon changing the binary polarization state of light from to + .

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(200.4880) Optics in computing : Optomechanics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: February 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2011
Published: April 25, 2011

Xingyu Zhang, Matthew Tomes, and Tal Carmon, "Precession optomechanics," Opt. Express 19, 9066-9073 (2011)

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