Cavity Optomechanics of Levitated Nanodumbbells: Nonequilibrium Phases and Self-Assembly

Author(s): W. Lechner, S.J.M. Habraken, N. Kiesel, M. Aspelmeyer, P. Zoller

Journal: Physical Review Letters

Volume: 110

Page(s): 143604

Year: 2013

DOI Number: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.143604

Link: Link to publication


Levitated nanospheres in optical cavities open a novel route to study many-body systems out of solution and highly isolated from the environment. We show that properly tuned optical parameters allow for the study of the nonequilibrium dynamics of composite nanoparticles with nonisotropic optical friction. We find optically induced ordering and nematic transitions with nonequilibrium analogs to liquid crystal phases for ensembles of dimers.


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