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Analysis of Radiation-Pressure Induced Mechanical Oscillation of an Optical Microcavity

Kippenberg, T. J. and Rokhsari, H. and Carmon, T. and Scherer, A. and Vahala, K. J. (2005) Analysis of Radiation-Pressure Induced Mechanical Oscillation of an Optical Microcavity. Physical Review Letters, 95 (3). Art. no. 033901. ISSN 0031-9007.

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The theoretical work of Braginsky predicted that radiation pressure can couple the mechanical, mirror eigenmodes of a Fabry-Pérot resonator to its optical modes, leading to a parametric oscillation instability. This regime is characterized by regenerative mechanical oscillation of the mechanical mirror eigenmodes. We have recently observed the excitation of mechanical modes in an ultrahigh Q optical microcavity. Here, we present a detailed experimental analysis of this effect and demonstrate that radiation pressure is the excitation mechanism of the observed mechanical oscillations.

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Additional Information:©2005 The American Physical Society (Received 14 December 2004; published 12 July 2005) This work was supported by the NSF, DARPA, AFSOR, and the Center for the Physics of Information.
Subject Keywords:microcavities; radiation pressure; Fabry-Perot resonators; optical parametric oscillators
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