Surface optomechanics: Observation of surface acoustic resonances

John Zehnpfennig, Gaurav Bahl, Matthew Tomes, Tal Carmon

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We experimentally demonstrate excitation by light of a mechanical Rayleigh surface mode. The acoustical mode is small in volume and high in mechanical Q, related to the small material dissipation for such waves and to the unique geometry in which the acoustical wave is circumferentially circulating while not leaking through the device support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2010 - Rochester, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2010Oct 28 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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