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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 3251–3253

Optomechanical spectroscopy with broadband interferometric and quantum cascade laser sources

L. Tetard, A. Passian, R. H. Farahi, B. H. Davison, and T. Thundat  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 16, pp. 3251-3253 (2011)

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The spectral tunability of semiconductor–metal multilayer structures can provide a channel for the conversion of light into useful mechanical actuation. Responses of suspended silicon, silicon nitride, chromium, gold, and aluminum microstructures are shown to be utilized as a detector for visible and IR spectroscopy. Both dispersive and interferometric approaches are investigated to delineate the potential use of the structures in spatially resolved spectroscopy and spectrally resolved microscopy. The thermoplasmonic, spectral absorption, interference effects, and the associated energy deposition that contributes to the mechanical response are discussed to describe the potential of optomechanical detection in future integrated spectrometers.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(310.0310) Thin films : Thin films
(230.4685) Optical devices : Optical microelectromechanical devices

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Original Manuscript: May 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 9, 2011
Published: August 15, 2011

L. Tetard, A. Passian, R. H. Farahi, B. H. Davison, and T. Thundat, "Optomechanical spectroscopy with broadband interferometric and quantum cascade laser sources," Opt. Lett. 36, 3251-3253 (2011)

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