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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 7258–7275

Optomechanical and photothermal interactions in suspended photonic crystal membranes

David Woolf, Pui-Chuen Hui, Eiji Iwase, Mughees Khan, Alejandro W. Rodriguez, Parag Deotare, Irfan Bulu, Steven G. Johnson, Federico Capasso, and Marko Loncar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 7258-7275 (2013)

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We present here an optomechanical system fabricated with novel stress management techniques that allow us to suspend an ultrathin defect-free silicon photonic-crystal membrane above a Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) substrate with a gap that is tunable to below 200 nm. Our devices are able to generate strong attractive and repulsive optical forces over a large surface area with simple in- and out- coupling and feature the strongest repulsive optomechanical coupling in any geometry to date (gOM/2π ≈ −65 GHz/nm). The interplay between the optomechanical and photo-thermal-mechanical dynamics is explored, and the latter is used to achieve cooling and amplification of the mechanical mode, demonstrating that our platform is well-suited for potential applications in low-power mass, force, and refractive-index sensing as well as optomechanical accelerometry.

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OCIS Codes
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals
(120.4880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optomechanics

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: December 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 2013
Published: March 15, 2013

David Woolf, Pui-Chuen Hui, Eiji Iwase, Mughees Khan, Alejandro W. Rodriguez, Parag Deotare, Irfan Bulu, Steven G. Johnson, Federico Capasso, and Marko Loncar, "Optomechanical and photothermal interactions in suspended photonic crystal membranes," Opt. Express 21, 7258-7275 (2013)

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