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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 4 — Feb. 13, 2012
  • pp: 3586–3612

Suppression of extraneous thermal noise in cavity optomechanics

Yi Zhao, Dalziel J. Wilson, K.-K. Ni, and H. J. Kimble  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 3586-3612 (2012)

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Extraneous thermal motion can limit displacement sensitivity and radiation pressure effects, such as optical cooling, in a cavity-optomechanical system. Here we present an active noise suppression scheme and its experimental implementation. The main challenge is to selectively sense and suppress extraneous thermal noise without affecting motion of the oscillator. Our solution is to monitor two modes of the optical cavity, each with different sensitivity to the oscillator’s motion but similar sensitivity to the extraneous thermal motion. This information is used to imprint “anti-noise” onto the frequency of the incident laser field. In our system, based on a nano-mechanical membrane coupled to a Fabry-Pérot cavity, simulation and experiment demonstrate that extraneous thermal noise can be selectively suppressed and that the associated limit on optical cooling can be reduced.

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OCIS Codes
(120.6810) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Thermal effects
(140.3320) Lasers and laser optics : Laser cooling
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(200.4880) Optics in computing : Optomechanics
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

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Original Manuscript: December 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 2012
Published: January 30, 2012

Yi Zhao, Dalziel J. Wilson, K.-K. Ni, and H. J. Kimble, "Suppression of extraneous thermal noise in cavity optomechanics," Opt. Express 20, 3586-3612 (2012)

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