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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 14 — Jul. 11, 2005
  • pp: 5293–5301

Radiation-pressure-driven micro-mechanical oscillator

H. Rokhsari, T. J. Kippenberg, T. Carmon, and K. J. Vahala  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 14, pp. 5293-5301 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.005293


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Abstract

As Q factor is boosted in microscale optical resonant systems there will be a natural tendency for these systems to experience a radiation-pressure induced instability. The instability is manifested as a regenerative oscillation (at radio frequencies) of the mechanical modes of the microcavity. The first observation of this radiation-pressure-induced instability is reported here. Embodied within a microscale, chip-based device reported here this mechanism can benefit both research into macroscale quantum mechanical phenomena [1] and improve the understanding of the mechanism within the context of LIGO [2]. It also suggests that new technologies are possible which will leverage the phenomenon within photonics.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.1040) Optical devices : Acousto-optical devices
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

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History
Original Manuscript: May 10, 2005
Revised Manuscript: June 23, 2005
Published: July 11, 2005

Citation
H. Rokhsari, T. Kippenberg, T. Carmon, and K.J. Vahala, "Radiation-pressure-driven micro-mechanical oscillator," Opt. Express 13, 5293-5301 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-14-5293


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