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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 19708–19716

Optomechanical trampoline resonators

Dustin Kleckner, Brian Pepper, Evan Jeffrey, Petro Sonin, Susanna M. Thon, and Dirk Bouwmeester  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 19708-19716 (2011)

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We report on the development of optomechanical “trampoline” resonators composed of a tiny SiO2/Ta2O5 dielectric mirror on a silicon nitride micro-resonator. We observe optical finesses of up to 4 × 104 and mechanical quality factors as high as 9 × 105 in relatively massive (∼100 ng) and low frequency (10–200 kHz) devices. This results in a photon-phonon coupling efficiency considerably higher than previous Fabry-Perot-type optomechanical systems. These devices are well suited to ultra-sensitive force detection, ground-state optical cooling experiments, and demonstrations of quantum dynamics for such systems.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(230.4685) Optical devices : Optical microelectromechanical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: July 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2011
Published: September 23, 2011

Dustin Kleckner, Brian Pepper, Evan Jeffrey, Petro Sonin, Susanna M. Thon, and Dirk Bouwmeester, "Optomechanical trampoline resonators," Opt. Express 19, 19708-19716 (2011)

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