Sideband cooling of nearly degenerate micromechanical oscillators in a multimode optomechanical system

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  • Caspar Ockeloen-Korppi
  • M.F. Gely
  • Erno Damskägg
  • M. Jenkins
  • Gary Steele
  • Mika Sillanpää

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  • Delft University of Technology


Multimode optomechanical systems are an emerging platform for studying fundamental aspects of matter near the quantum ground state and are useful in sensitive sensing and measurement applications. We study optomechanical cooling in a system where two nearly degenerate mechanical oscillators are coupled to a single microwave cavity. Due to an optically mediated coupling the two oscillators hybridize into a bright mode with a strong optomechanical cooling rate and a dark mode nearly decoupled from the system. We find that at high coupling, sideband cooling of the dark mode is strongly suppressed. Our results are relevant to novel optomechanical systems where multiple closely spaced modes are intrinsically present.


Original languageEnglish
Article number023826
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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