Analysis of radiation-pressure induced mechanical oscillation of an optical microcavity

T. J. Kippenberg, H. Rokhsari, T. Carmon, A. Scherer, K. J. Vahala

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Abstract

The theoretical work of Braginsky predicted that radiation pressure can couple the mechanical, mirror eigenmodes of a Fabry-Pérot resonator to its optical modes, leading to a parametric oscillation instability. This regime is characterized by regenerative mechanical oscillation of the mechanical mirror eigenmodes. We have recently observed the excitation of mechanical modes in an ultrahigh Q optical microcavity. Here, we present a detailed experimental analysis of this effect and demonstrate that radiation pressure is the excitation mechanism of the observed mechanical oscillations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033901
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume95
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

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