Synthesis of optical spring potentials in optomechanical systems

Harry J. Slatyer, Giovanni Guccione, Young Wook Cho, Ben C. Buchler, Ping Koy Lam

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We propose a method for tailoring the potential experienced by a moveable end mirror in a cavity optomechanical system by specifying the spectral properties of the input field. We show that by engineering the power spectral density of the cavity input field, a desired force function can be approximated, with the accuracy of the approximation limited only by the linewidth of the cavity. The very general technique presented here could have applications in many kinds of optomechanical systems, particularly those used for sensing and metrology. We demonstrate the method by applying it to improve the sensitivity of a particular gravity measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125401
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellences CE110001027, the Discovery Project DP150101035. PKL is supported by the ARC Laureate Fellowship FL150100019, BCB by the ARC future fellowship FT100100048. This paper has the LIGO document number LIGO-P1300068.

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© 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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