Near-field coupling of a levitated nanoparticle to a photonic crystal cavity

Lorenzo Magrini, Richard A. Norte, Ralf Riedinger, Igor Marinković, David Grass, Uroš Delić, Simon Gröblacher, Sungkun Hong, Markus Aspelmeyer

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Quantum control of levitated dielectric particles is an emerging subject in quantum optomechanics. A major challenge is to efficiently measure and manipulate the particle’s motion at the Heisenberg uncertainty limit. Here we present a nanophotonic interface suited to address this problem. By optically trapping a 150 nm silica particle and placing it in the near field of a photonic crystal cavity, we achieve tunable single-photon optomechanical coupling of up to g0∕2π 9kHz, three orders of magnitude larger than previously reported for levitated cavity optomechanical systems. Efficient collection and guiding of light through the nanophotonic structure results in a per-photon displacement sensitivity that is increased by two orders of magnitude compared to conventional far-field detection. The demonstrated performance shows a promising route for room temperature quantum optomechanics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1597-1602
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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