Near-field, back-action cooling and amplification

Iman Hassani Nia, Vala Fathipour, Hooman Mohseni

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Plasmonic structures produce well-known enhancement of the near-field optical intensity due to sub-wavelength optical confinement. These properties can produce a significant change of transmission and reflection upon small mechanical change of the antenna configuration. We have developed a method based on this enhanced sensitivity for cooling and amplification of a moving mirror. Using finite difference time domain method and standard optomechanical coupled-equation, different regimes of operation such as laser detuning and cavity length were studied to compare the effect of the near-field enhancement with the conventional radiation pressure. Using practical microcavity parameters, we demonstrate significantly higher cooling - or amplification- efficiency for the near-field plasmonic effect. Moreover, the volume of the system is very small. We believe that the significant efficiency improvement and reduced volume due to the proposed near-field effect can make this approach practical for many applications ranging from gravitational wave detection to photonic clocks, high precision accelerometers, atomic force microscopy, laser cooling and parametric amplification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlasmonics
Subtitle of host publicationMetallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties XII
EditorsAllan D. Boardman
ISBN (Electronic)9781628411904
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventPlasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties XII - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 17 2014Aug 21 2014


OtherPlasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties XII
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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