2-7 June 2019
Simon Fraser University
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58 - Dueling Dynamical Backaction in a Cryogenic Optomechanical Cavity

Jun 4, 2019, 5:31 PM
SWH 9082 + AQ South-East Corner / coin sud-est (Simon Fraser University)

SWH 9082 + AQ South-East Corner / coin sud-est

Simon Fraser University

Poster Competition (Graduate Student) / Compétition affiches (Étudiant(e) 2e ou 3e cycle) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) DAMOPC Poster Session & Student Poster Competition Finals (26) | Session d'affiches DPAMPC et finales du concours d'affiches étudiantes (26)


Bradley Hauer (University of Alberta)


Dynamical backaction has proven to be a versatile tool in cavity optomechanics, allowing for precise manipulation of a mechanical resonator's motion using confined optical photons. In my talk, I will present measurements of a silicon whispering-gallery-mode optomechanical cavity where backaction originates from opposing radiation-pressure and photothermal forces, with the former dictating the optomechanical spring effect and the latter governing the optomechanical damping. At high enough optical input powers, we show that the photothermal force drives the mechanical resonator into self-oscillations for a pump beam detuned to the lower-frequency side of the optical resonance, contrary to what one would expect for a conventional radiation-pressure-dominated optomechanical device. Using a fully nonlinear model, we fit the hysteretic response of the optomechanical cavity to extract its properties, demonstrating that this non-sideband-resolved device exists in a regime where photothermal damping could be used to cool its motion to the quantum ground state.

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Bradley Hauer (University of Alberta)


Thomas Clark (University of Alberta) Paul Kim (University of Alberta) Callum Doolin (University of Alberta) John Davis (University of Alberta)

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