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Graded-index optical dimer formed by optical force

TitleGraded-index optical dimer formed by optical force
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAkbarzadeh, A, Koschny, T, Kafesaki, M, Economou, EN, Soukoulis, CM
JournalOptics Express
Date Published05
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1094-4087
Accession NumberWOS:000377467800008
Keywordsbeam, cavity optomechanics, light, media, momentum, optics, particles, radiation pressure, wave

We propose an optical dimer formed from two spherical lenses bound by the pressure that light exerts on matter. With the help of the method of force tracing, we find the required graded-index profiles of the lenses for the existence of the dimer. We study the dynamics of the opto-mechanical interaction of lenses under the illumination of collimated light beams and quantitatively validate the performance of proposed dimer. We also examine the stability of dimer due to the lateral misalignments and we show how restoring forces bring the dimer into lateral equilibrium. The dimer can be employed in various practical applications such as optical manipulation, sensing and imaging. (C) 2016 Optical Society of America

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