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Photonic crystal split-beam nanocavities for torsional optomechanics
Author(s): Marcelo Wu; Aaron C. Hryciw; Behzad Khanaliloo; Chris Healey; Mark R. Freeman; John P. Davis; Paul E. Barclay
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Paper Abstract

A novel type of photonic crystal nanocavity nanocavity tailored to sensitively measure torques is theoretically investigated. Suspended low-mass elements (< pg) in the nanomechanical resonator are sensitive to environmental stimuli, such as a magnetic field from external sources or from embedded nanomagnetic systems. The torsional mechanical motion of these elements directly influences the optical field concentrated inside the optical nanocavity, resulting in a strong cavity optomechanical coupling rate up to 90 GHz/nm. The actuation of the mechanical resonator is readout with high sensitivity using evanescent coupling between the photonic crystal nanocavity and an optical fiber taper. A sub-100nm physical air gap in the middle of the nanobeam cavity allows torsional mechanical degrees of freedom as well as strong optical field confinement in a small mode volume. Numerical simulations show that high-Q ~ 106 optical cavities with a gap are possible. Potential applications incorporating these devices include sensitive magnetometry and probing the quantum properties of nanomagnetic systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8600, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XV, 86001U (12 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004456
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Marcelo Wu, The Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
National Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada)
Aaron C. Hryciw, National Institute of Nanotechnology (Canada)
Behzad Khanaliloo, The Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Chris Healey, The Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Mark R. Freeman, National Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada)
The Univ. of Alberta (Canada)
John P. Davis, The Univ. of Alberta (Canada)
Paul E. Barclay, The Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
National Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8600:
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XV
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko; Lutz Aschke; Kunihiko Washio, Editor(s)

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