Broadband tuning of optomechanical cavities

Gustavo S. Wiederhecker, Sasikanth Manipatruni, Sunwoo Lee, Michal Lipson
2011 Optics Express  
We demonstrate broadband tuning of an optomechanical microcavity optical resonance by exploring the large optomechanical coupling of a double-wheel microcavity and its uniquely low mechanical stiffness. Using a pump laser with only 13 mW at telecom wavelengths we show tuning of the silicon nitride microcavity resonances over 32 nm. This corresponds to a tuning power efficiency of only 400 μW/nm. By choosing a relatively low optical Q resonance (≈18,000) we prevent the cavity from reaching the
more » ... gime of regenerative optomechanical oscillations. The static mechanical displacement induced by optical gradient forces is estimated to be as large as 60 nm.
doi:10.1364/oe.19.002782 pmid:21369099 fatcat:4kbuhcaenfgblpkudnaz7fligy