Monocrystalline AlxGa1-xAs heterostructures for high-reflectivity high-Q micromechanical resonators in the megahertz regime

Author(s): G. D. Cole, S. Gröblacher, K. Gugler, S. Gigan, M. Aspelmeyer

Journal: Applied Physics Letters

Volume: 92

Page(s): 261108

Year: 2008

DOI Number: 10.1063/1.2952512

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Abstract:

We present high-performance megahertz micromechanical oscillators based on freestanding epitaxial AlxGa1−xAs distributed Bragg reflectors. Compared with dielectric reflectors, the low mechanical loss of the monocrystalline heterostructure gives rise to significant improvements in the achievable mechanical quality factor Q while simultaneously exhibiting near unity reflectivity. Experimental characterization yields an optical reflectivity exceeding 99.98% and mechanical quality factors up to 20 000 at 4 K. This materials system is not only an interesting candidate for optical coatings with ultralow thermal noise, but also provides a promising path toward quantum optical control of massive micromechanical mirrors.

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