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Optical binding of two microparticles levitated in vacuum
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Optical binding refers to an optically mediated inter-particle interaction that creates new equilibrium positions for closely spaced particles [1–5]. Optical binding of mesoscopic particles levitated in vacuum can pave the way towards the realisation of a large scale quantum bound array in cavity-optomechanics [6–9]. Recently we have demonstrated trapping and rotation of two mesoscopic particles in vacuum using a spatial-light-modulator-based approach to trap more than one particle, induce controlled rotation of individual particles, and mediate interparticle separation [10]. By trapping and rotating two vaterite particles, we observe intensity modulation of the scattered light at the sum and difference frequencies with respect to the individual rotation rates. This first demonstration of optical interference between two microparticles in vacuum has lead to a platform to explore optical binding. Here we demonstrate for the first time optically bound two microparticles mediated by light scattering in vacuum. We investigate autocorrelations between the two normal modes of oscillation, which are determined by the centre-of-mass and the relative positions of the two-particle system. In situ determination of the optical restoring force acting on the bound particles are based on measurement of the oscillation frequencies of the autocorrelation functions of the two normal modes, thereby providing a powerful and original platform to explore multiparticle entanglement in cavity-optomechanics.

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Date Published: 18 April 2017
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 10252, Optical Manipulation Conference, 102520Q (18 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275310
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Yoshihiko Arita, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
Chiba Univ. (Japan)
Ewan M. Wright, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Kishan Dholakia, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
Chiba Univ. (Japan)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10252:
Optical Manipulation Conference
Takashige Omatsu, Editor(s)

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