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Temporal Behavior of Radiation-Pressure-Induced Vibrations of an Optical Microcavity Phonon Mode

Carmon, Tal and Rokhsari, Hossein and Yang, Lan and Kippenberg, Tobias J. and Vahala, Kerry J. (2005) Temporal Behavior of Radiation-Pressure-Induced Vibrations of an Optical Microcavity Phonon Mode. Physical Review Letters, 94 (22). Art. No. 223902. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.223902.

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We analyze experimentally and theoretically mechanical oscillation within an optical cavity stimulated by the pressure of circulating optical radiation. The resulting radio frequency cavity vibrations (phonon mode) cause modulation of the incident, continuous-wave (cw) input pump beam. Furthermore, with increasing cw pump power, an evolution from sinusoidal modulation to random oscillations is observed in the pump power coupled from the resonator. The temporal evolution with pump power is studied, and agreement was found with theory. In addition to applications in quantum optomechanics, the present work suggests that radiation-pressure-induced effects can establish a practical limit for the miniaturization of optical silica microcavities.

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Additional Information:©2005 The American Physical Society (Received 22 November 2004; published 10 June 2005)
Subject Keywords:radiation pressure; phonons; cavity resonators; oscillations; optical modulation
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