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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 24 — Nov. 28, 2005
  • pp: 9804–9811

Mirror manipulation by attractive and repulsive forces of guided waves

Amit Mizrahi and Levi Schächter  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 24, pp. 9804-9811 (2005)

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Two mirrors guiding laser light may experience an either attractive or repulsive force, according to the type of eigenmode they guide. We propose a method for the control over the motion of a mirror by changing the operation wavelength along the dispersion curve of the mode. In addition, a novel method for trapping a mirror in a stable equilibrium, based on a superposition of two modes, is presented. The mirror is then trapped by being exposed to light only from one of its sides.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: September 16, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 16, 2005
Published: November 28, 2005

Amit Mizrahi and Levi Schächter, "Mirror manipulation by attractive and repulsive forces of guided waves," Opt. Express 13, 9804-9811 (2005)

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