Accession Number:

AD1048993

Title:

Stable Optical Phase Modulation With Micromirrors

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

Duke University Durham United States

Report Date:

2012-01-27

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

We measure the motional fluctuations of a micromechanical mirror using a Michelson interferometer, and demonstrate its interferometric stability. The position stability of the micromirror is dominated by the thermal mechanical noise of the structure. With this level of stability, we utilize the micromirror to realize an optical phase modulator by simply reflecting light off the mirror and modulating its position. The resonant frequency of the modulator can be tuned by applying a voltage between the mirror and an underlying electrode. Full modulation depth of plus or minus pi is achieved when the mirror resonantly excited with a sinusoidal voltage at an amplitude of 11V.

Subject Categories:

  • Non-electrical Energy Conversion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE