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Authors: J. Roels, I. De Vlaminck, L. Lagae, B. Maes, D. Van Thourhout, R. Baets
Title: Tunable optical forces between nanophotonic waveguides
Format: International Journal
Publication date: 7/2009
Journal/Conference/Book: Nature Nanotechnology
Volume(Issue): 4 p.510-513
DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2009.186
Citations: 133 ( - last update: 7/7/2024)
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The confinement of light in components with nanoscale cross-sections in nanophotonic circuits significantly enhances the magnitude of the optical forces experienced by these components [1,2].
Here we demonstrate optical gradient forces between two nanophotonic waveguides, and show that the sign of the force can be tuned from attractive to repulsive by controlling the relative phase of the optical fields injected into the waveguides. The
optical gradient force could have applications in optically tunable microphotonic devices and nanomechanical systems.

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