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Research

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Novel Photonic Materials and Fabrication

Shaping novel nanophotonic materials

Silicon Photonics

Enabling the next generation of computing systems

Nano-Electromagnetism

Manipulating waves at the nanoscale

Sensing and Optofluidics

Sensing and manipulating biological analytes

Optomechanics
Optomechanics

Controlling the interaction between phonons and photons

Nonlinear Optics

Generating extreme nonlinearities in nanophotonic structures

Optomechanics

Published papers (partial list)

Optomechanics exploits the interaction between photons and mechanical objects. Fundamentally, optomechanics could allow one to observe quantum mechanical behaviors on a macroscopic object and to exploit such quantum behaviors for quantum information processing. Technologically, it may lead to a new paradigm for ultrasensitive sensors, precise actuators and non-linear dynamical systems. Our group is interested in developing integrated optomechanical devices for both classical and quantum applications.

Controlling mechanical structure with optical forces

Optical forces, which are usually too small to move a mechanical object, can induce significant mechanical displacements by using resonant micro-optomechanical devices. We show a static deformation of up to 20 nanometers using 3 miliwatt of optical power in a silicon nitride optomechanical cavity. Controlling mechanical structures with optical forces could enable nanodevices with novel and distinct photonic and mechanical functionalities.

Optical forces between a double-disk structure can induce large mechanical deformation.


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Prof. Lipson ranked among top 1% of researchers for most cited papers in physics

Prof. Lipson ranked among top 1% of researchers for most cited papers in physics by Thomas Reuters.