Wolfram H. P. Pernice

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The integration of complex oxides on silicon presents opportunities to extend and enhance silicon technology with novel electronic, magnetic, and photonic properties. Among these materials, barium titanate (BaTiO3) is a particularly strong ferroelectric perovskite oxide with attractive dielectric and electro-optic properties. Here we demonstrate(More)
The force exerted by photons is of fundamental importance in light-matter interactions. For example, in free space, optical tweezers have been widely used to manipulate atoms and microscale dielectric particles. This optical force is expected to be greatly enhanced in integrated photonic circuits in which light is highly concentrated at the nanoscale.(More)
We demonstrate spectrally tuned dispersive and reactive optical force in a cavity optomechanics system that comprises a microdisk and a vibrating nanomechanical beam waveguide. The waveguide coupled to the microdisk acts as a bosonic dissipation channel and its motion modulates the cavity's damping rate. As a result a reactive optical force arises in(More)
Nanoelectromechanical systems based on cantilevers have consistently set records for sensitivity in measurements of displacement, force and mass over the past decade. Continued progress will require the integration of efficient transduction on a chip so that nanoelectromechanical systems may be operated at higher speeds and sensitivities. Conventional(More)
The ability to control mechanical motion with optical forces has made it possible to cool mechanical resonators to their quantum ground states. The same techniques can also be used to amplify rather than reduce the mechanical motion of such systems. Here, we study nanomechanical resonators that are slightly buckled and therefore have two stable(More)
Photonic miniaturization requires seamless integration of linear and nonlinear optical components to achieve passive and active functions simultaneously. Among the available material systems, silicon photonics holds immense promise for optical signal processing and on-chip optical networks. However, silicon is limited to wavelengths above 1.1 μm and does(More)
We demonstrate second order optical nonlinearity in a silicon architecture through heterogeneous integration of single-crystalline gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon (100) substrates. By engineering GaN microrings for dual resonance around 1560 nm and 780 nm, we achieve efficient, tunable second harmonic generation at 780 nm. The χ2 nonlinear susceptibility(More)
We present a study of transverse optical forces arising in a free-standing silicon nanowire waveguide. A theoretical framework is provided for the calculation of the optical forces existing between a waveguide and a dielectric substrate. The force is evaluated using a numerical procedure based on finite-element simulations. In addition, an analytical(More)
We demonstrate optical gradient force-tunable directional couplers in free-standing silicon nitride slot waveguides. Utilizing device geometries optimized for strong optomechanical interactions allows us to control the optical transmission without the aid of a cavity. Static, wideband tuning as well as low-power optical modulation is achieved.
Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors are an ideal match for integrated quantum photonic circuits due to their high detection efficiency for telecom wavelength photons. Quantum optical technology also requires single-photon detection with low dark count rate and high timing accuracy. Here we present very low noise superconducting nanowire(More)