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Sub-hertz optomechanically induced transparency with a kilogram-scale mechanical oscillator

Bodiya, T. and Sudhir, V. and Wipf, C. and Smith, N. and Buikema, A. and Kontos, A. and Yue, H. and Mavalvala, N. (2019) Sub-hertz optomechanically induced transparency with a kilogram-scale mechanical oscillator. Physical Review A, 100 (1). Art. No. 013853. ISSN 2469-9926. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.100.013853.

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Optical interferometers with suspended mirrors are the archetype of all current audio-frequency gravitational-wave detectors. The radiation pressure interaction between the motion of the mirrors and the circulating optical field in such interferometers represents a pristine form of light-matter coupling, largely due to 30 years of effort in developing high-quality optical materials with low mechanical dissipation. However, in all current suspended interferometers, the radiation pressure interaction is too weak to be useful as a resource, and too strong to be neglected. Here, we demonstrate a meter-long interferometer with suspended mirrors, of effective mass 125 g, where the radiation pressure interaction is enhanced by strong optical pumping to realize a cooperativity of 50. In conjunction with modest resolved-sideband operation, this regime is efficiently probed via optomechanically induced transparency of a weak on-resonant probe. The low resonant frequency and high-Q of the mechanical oscillator allows us to demonstrate transparency windows barely 100 mHz wide at room temperature. Together with a near-unity (≈99.9%) out-coupling efficiency, our system saturates the theoretical delay-bandwidth product, rendering it an optical buffer capable of seconds-long storage times.

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Additional Information:© 2019 American Physical Society. Received 25 December 2018; published 29 July 2019. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation via Grants No. PHY-1707840 and No. PHY-1404245. V.S. is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship Grant No. P2ELP2_178231. LIGO was constructed by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with funding from the National Science Foundation and operates under cooperative agreement No. PHY-0757058. This paper has LIGO Document Number LIGO-P1800358.
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