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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2011
  • pp: 217–219

Scaling of optical forces in dielectric waveguides: rigorous connection between radiation pressure and dispersion

Peter T. Rakich, Zheng Wang, and Paul Davids  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp. 217-219 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.000217


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Abstract

We show that eigenmodes of dielectric optical waveguides exert surface dilation forces on waveguide boundaries owing to radiation pressure, and we develop an exact scaling law relating modal dispersion of an arbitrary dielectric waveguide to the magnitude of optical forces generated by radiation pressure. This result points to highly dispersive waveguides as an optimal choice for the generation of large optical forces in nano-optomechanical systems. Exact agreement with ab initio calculations is demonstrated.

OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(200.4880) Optics in computing : Optomechanics
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 23, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2010
Published: January 12, 2011

Citation
Peter T. Rakich, Zheng Wang, and Paul Davids, "Scaling of optical forces in dielectric waveguides: rigorous connection between radiation pressure and dispersion," Opt. Lett. 36, 217-219 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-2-217


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