Cavity Optomechanics

Author(s): M. Aspelmeyer, T.Kippenberg, F. Marquardt

Journal: Reviews of Modern Physics

Volume: 86

Page(s): 1391

Year: 2014

DOI Number: 10.1103/RevModPhys.86.1391

Link: Link to publication


The field of cavity optomechanics is reviewed. This field explores the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and nanomechanical or micromechanical motion. This review covers the basics of optical cavities and mechanical resonators, their mutual optomechanical interaction mediated by the radiation-pressure force, the large variety of experimental systems which exhibit this interaction, optical measurements of mechanical motion, dynamical backaction amplification and cooling, nonlinear dynamics, multimode optomechanics, and proposals for future cavity-quantum-optomechanics experiments. In addition, the perspectives for fundamental quantum physics and for possible applications of optomechanical devices are described.

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