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Publication Citation: CAVITY OPTOMECHANICAL SENSORS

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Author(s): Houxun H. Miao; Kartik A. Srinivasan; Matthew T. Rakher; Marcelo I. Davanco; Vladimir A. Aksyuk;
Title: CAVITY OPTOMECHANICAL SENSORS
Published: June 05, 2011
Abstract: We report a novel type of fully integrated optomechanical sensor and demonstrate high sensitivity mechanical displacement measurements on chip. We sense the motion of micro and nano-mechanical devices by near field coupling them to high quality factor optical microdisk resonators. In a first geometry, we sense the position of a dielectric ring moved by a micromechanical actuator. Tunable optomechanical coupling of up to g_OM/2π = 4.8 GHz/nm results in the photodetector-limited displacement sensitivity of 4.3x10^-15 m/√Hz with optical excitation power below 20 uW. In a second geometry, we sense the thermal motion of a nanoscale cantilever probe. Transduction of the cantilever‰s MHz frequency vibration is achieved with a displacement sensitivity of 4.4x10-16 m/√Hz and a mechanical quality factor of 6000 is measured in vacuum.
Proceedings: Transducers 2011
Pages: pp. 1535 - 1538
Location: Beijing, -1
Dates: June 5-9, 2011
Keywords: cavity optomechanics; MEMS, NEMS, interferometric sensing, optical position measurement
Research Areas: Nanophotonics, Nanomechanics, Nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Characterization, Nanometrology, and Nanoscale Measurements, Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
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