Surface optomechanics: Calculating optically excited acoustical whispering gallery modes in microspheres

John Zehnpfennig, Gaurav Bahl, Matthew Tomes, Tal Carmon

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Abstract

Stimulated Brillouin scattering recently allowed experimental excitation of surface acoustic resonances in micro-devices, enabling vibration at rates in the range of 50 MHz to 12 GHz. The experimental availability of such mechanical whispering gallery modes in photonic-MEMS raises questions on their structure and spectral distribution. Here we calculate the form and frequency of such vibrational surface whispering gallery modes, revealing diverse types of surface vibrations including longitudinal, transverse, and Rayleigh-type deformations. We parametrically investigate these various modes by changing their orders in the azimuthal, radial, and polar directions to reveal different vibrational structures including mechanical resonances that are localized near the interface with the environment where they can sense changes in the surroundings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14240-14248
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Volume19
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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