A Caltech Library Service

Radiation-pressure-driven micro-mechanical oscillator

Rokhsari, H. and Kippenberg, T. J. and Carmon, T. and Vahala, K. J. (2005) Radiation-pressure-driven micro-mechanical oscillator. Optics Express, 13 (14). pp. 5293-5301. ISSN 1094-4087.

See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


As Q factor is boosted in microscale optical resonant systems there will be a natural tendency for these systems to experience a radiation-pressure induced instability. The instability is manifested as a regenerative oscillation (at radio frequencies) of the mechanical modes of the microcavity. The first observation of this radiation-pressure-induced instability is reported here. Embodied within a microscale, chip-based device reported here this mechanism can benefit both research into macroscale quantum mechanical phenomena [1] and improve the understanding of the mechanism within the context of LIGO [2]. It also suggests that new technologies are possible which will leverage the phenomenon within photonics.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Kippenberg, T. J.0000-0002-3408-886X
Carmon, T.0000-0002-4727-6368
Vahala, K. J.0000-0003-1783-1380
Additional Information:Copyright © 2005 Optical Society of America. Received 10 May 2005; revised 23 June 2005; accepted 24 June 2005. This work was supported by DARPA, NSF and the Caltech Lee Center. H.R. acknowledges Denis Armani for his generous help and T.J.K. acknowledges a postdoctoral fellowship from the CPI.
Subject Keywords:electromagnetic radiation, parametric-instability, microcavities, bistability
Issue or Number:14
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:ROKoe05
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:897
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:03 Nov 2005
Last Modified:09 Mar 2020 13:19

Repository Staff Only: item control page