Enhanced photothermal cooling of nanowires

G. Guccione, M. Hosseini, A. Mirzaei, H. J. Slatyer, B. C. Buchler, P. K. Lam

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We investigate the optomechanical interaction between light and metallic nanowires through the action of bolometric forces. We show that the response time of the photothermal forces induced on the nanowire is fast and the strength of the interaction can overcome the radiation pressure force. Furthermore, we suggest the photothermal forces can be enhanced by surface plasmon excitation to cool the sub-megahertz vibrational modes of the nanowires close to its quantum limit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034005
JournalQuantum Science and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • laser cooling
  • nanowires
  • photothermal interaction
  • quantum standard limit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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