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Oskar Painter: The Light and Sound Fantastic: Radiation Pressure at the Nanoscale

In the last several years, rapid advances have been made in the field of cavity optomechanics. A plenary presentation from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2012.

24 August 2012, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201208.14

Advances in cavity optomechanics have moved the field from the multi-km interferometer of a gravitational wave observatory, to the optical table top, and now all the way down to a silicon microchip. In this plenary talk at SPIE Optics + Photonics, Oskar Painter describes these advances and discusses his work to realize radiation pressure within nanoscale structures in the form of coupled photonic and phononic crystals (dubbed optomechanical crystals).

Oskar Painter is currently a professor of Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology and co-Director of the Kavli Nanosciences Institute.