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Tutorial: opto-mechanical cooling by the back-action of cavity photons
Author(s): Masud Mansuripur
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Paper Abstract

We present a simple classical analysis of light interacting with a Fabry-Perot cavity consisting of a fixed (dielectric) front mirror and a vibrating rear mirror. In the adiabatic approximation, the returning light exhibits sideband symmetry, which will go away once the photon lifetime becomes comparable to or longer than the oscillation period of the rear mirror. When the oscillation period is short compared to the cavity photon lifetime, one must approach the problem differently, treating the vibrating mirror as a scatterer which sends a fraction of the incident light into sideband frequencies. With proper detuning, the cavity’s internal radiation pressure could either dampen or amplify the vibrations of the mirror; the former is the physical principle behind opto-mechanical cooling by the back-action of cavity photons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9548, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII, 954808 (25 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188922
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Masud Mansuripur, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9548:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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