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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 3261–3267

Stable optical phase modulation with micromirrors

Caleb Knoernschild, Taehyun Kim, Peter Maunz, Stephen G. Crain, and Jungsang Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 3261-3267 (2012)

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We measure the motional fluctuations of a micromechanical mirror using a Michelson interferometer, and demonstrate its interferometric stability. The position stability of the micromirror is dominated by the thermal mechanical noise of the structure. With this level of stability, we utilize the micromirror to realize an optical phase modulator by simply reflecting light off the mirror and modulating its position. The resonant frequency of the modulator can be tuned by applying a voltage between the mirror and an underlying electrode. Full modulation depth of ±π is achieved when the mirror resonantly excited with a sinusoidal voltage at an amplitude of 11V.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(230.4685) Optical devices : Optical microelectromechanical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: November 9, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 22, 2012
Published: January 27, 2012

Caleb Knoernschild, Taehyun Kim, Peter Maunz, Stephen G. Crain, and Jungsang Kim, "Stable optical phase modulation with micromirrors," Opt. Express 20, 3261-3267 (2012)

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