Designing evanescent optical interactions to control the expression of Casimir forces in optomechanical structures

  title={Designing evanescent optical interactions to control the expression of Casimir forces in optomechanical structures},
  author={Alejandro W. Rodriguez and David N. Woolf and Pui-Chuen Hui and Eiji Iwase and Alexander P. McCauley and Federico Capasso and Marko Lon{\vc}ar and Steven G. Johnson},
  journal={Applied Physics Letters},
We propose an optomechanical structure consisting of a photonic-crystal (holey) membrane suspended above a layered silicon-on-insulator substrate in which resonant bonding/antibonding optical forces created by externally incident light from above enable all-optical control and actuation of stiction effects induced by the Casimir force. In this way, one can control how the Casimir force is expressed in the mechanical dynamics of the membrane, not by changing the Casimir force directly but by… 

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