Dynamically creating tripartite resonance and dark modes in a multimode optomechanical system

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We study a multimode optomechanical system where two mechanical oscillators are coupled to an electromagnetic cavity. Previously it has been shown that if the mechanical resonances have nearly equal frequencies, one can make the oscillators to interact via the cavity by strong pumping with a coherent pump tone. One can view the interaction also as emergence of an electromagnetically dark mode which gets asymptotically decoupled from the cavity and has a linewidth much smaller than that of the bare cavity. The narrow linewidth and long lifetime of the dark mode could be advantageous, for example in information storage and processing. Here we investigate the possibility to create dark modes dynamically using two pump tones. We show that if the mechanical frequencies are intrinsically different, one can bring the mechanical oscillators and the cavity on-resonance and thus create a dark mode by double sideband pumping of the cavity. We realize the scheme in a microwave optomechanical device employing two drum oscillators with unmatched frequencies, ω1/2π = 8.1 MHz and ω2/2π = 14.2 MHz. We also observe a breakdown of the rotating-wave approximation, most pronounced in another device where the mechanical frequencies are close to each other.


Original languageEnglish
Article number104003
JournalJournal of Optics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • dark mode, mechanical oscillator, optomechanics, sideband pumping

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