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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 27780–27788

Rayleigh scattering boosted multi-GHz displacement sensitivity in whispering gallery opto-mechanical resonators

Siddharth Tallur and Sunil A. Bhave  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 27780-27788 (2013)

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Finite photon lifetimes for light fields in an opto-mechanical cavity impose a bandwidth limit on displacement sensing at mechanical resonance frequencies beyond the loaded cavity photon decay rate. Opto-mechanical modulation efficiency can be enhanced via multi-GHz transduction techniques such as piezo-opto-mechanics at the cost of on-chip integration. In this paper, we present a novel high bandwidth displacement sense scheme employing Rayleigh scattering in photonic resonators. Using this technique in conjunction with on-chip electrostatic drive in silicon enables efficient modulation at frequencies up to 9.1GHz. Being independent of the drive mechanism, this scheme could readily be extended to piezo-opto-mechanical and all optical transduced systems.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh
(230.4685) Optical devices : Optical microelectromechanical devices
(120.4880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optomechanics

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: September 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2013
Published: November 5, 2013

Siddharth Tallur and Sunil A. Bhave, "Rayleigh scattering boosted multi-GHz displacement sensitivity in whispering gallery opto-mechanical resonators," Opt. Express 21, 27780-27788 (2013)

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