Dynamic stabilization of an optomechanical oscillator

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Abstract

Quantum optomechanics offers the potential to investigate quantum effects in macroscopic quantum systems in extremely well-controlled experiments. In this paper we discuss one such situation, the dynamic stabilization of a mechanical system such as an inverted pendulum. The specific example that we study is a "membrane-in-the-middle" mechanical oscillator coupled to a cavity field via a quadratic optomechanical interaction, with cavity damping the dominant source of dissipation. We show that the mechanical oscillator can be dynamically stabilized by a temporal modulation of the radiation pressure force. We investigate the system both in the classical and quantum regimes highlighting similarities and differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043840
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume90
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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