Abstract

The emerging field of levitated optomechanics focuses on mesoscopic systems that are extremely well isolated from the environment and therefore offer unique tools for testing fundamental theories of physics as well as versatile platforms for supporting next-generation sensing technologies. The broad appeal of the subject as well as the novel possibilities it offers has attracted investigators to it from optics and photonics, magnetics, condensed matter physics, gravitational wave detection and astronomy, and low temperature physics. This special issue features contributions that describe various aspects at the cutting edge of the study and manipulation of levitated optomechanical systems, including experimental techniques, technological advances, and theoretical insights.

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2017 (9)

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[Crossref]

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[Crossref]

Y. Minowa, Y. Toyota, and M. Ashida, “In situ tuning of whispering gallery modes of levitated silica microspheres,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C20–C24 (2017).
[Crossref]

J. E. Coppock, P. Nagornykh, J. P. J. Murphy, I. S. McAdams, S. Katragadda, and B. E. Kane, “Dual-trap system for the study of charged graphene nanoplatelets in high vacuum,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C36–C43 (2017).
[Crossref]

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[Crossref]

B. Schrinski, B. A. Stickler, and K. Hornberger, “Collapse-induced orientational localization of rigid rotors [Invited],” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C1–C7 (2017).
[Crossref]

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[Crossref]

Y. Arita, M. Chen, E. M. Wright, and K. Dholakia, “Dynamics of a levitated microparticle in vacuum trapped by a perfect vortex beam: three-dimensional motion around a complex optical potential,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C14–C19 (2017).
[Crossref]

M. Bhattacharya, B. Rodenburg, W. Wetzel, B. Ek, and A. K. Jha, “Effects of photon scattering torque in off-axis levitated torsional cavity optomechanics,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C44–C51 (2017).
[Crossref]

2015 (2)

B. P. Abbott, et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), “Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 061102 (2015).
[Crossref]

L. P. Neukirch and A. N. Vamivakas, “Nano-optomechanics with optically levitated nanoparticles,” Contemp. Phys. 56, 48–62 (2015).

2014 (1)

M. Aspelmeyer, T. J. Kippenberg, and F. Marquardt, “Cavity optomechanics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 1391–1452 (2014).
[Crossref]

2013 (2)

T. P. Purdy, R. W. Peterson, and C. A. Regal, “Observation of radiation pressure shot noise on a macroscopic object,” Science 339, 801–804 (2013).
[Crossref]

T. A. Palomaki, J. D. Teufel, R. W. Simmonds, and K. W. Lehnert, “Entangling mechanical motion with microwave fields,” Science 342, 710–713 (2013).
[Crossref]

2011 (1)

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Abbott, B. P.

B. P. Abbott, et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), “Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 061102 (2015).
[Crossref]

Arita, Y.

Ashida, M.

Aspelmeyer, M.

M. Aspelmeyer, T. J. Kippenberg, and F. Marquardt, “Cavity optomechanics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 1391–1452 (2014).
[Crossref]

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Bhattacharya, M.

Chan, J.

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Chen, M.

Coppock, J. E.

Dholakia, K.

Ek, B.

Frimmer, M.

Gieseler, J.

Gröblacher, S.

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Hill, J. T.

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Hornberger, K.

Ihn, T.

Jha, A. K.

Kane, B. E.

Katragadda, S.

Kippenberg, T. J.

M. Aspelmeyer, T. J. Kippenberg, and F. Marquardt, “Cavity optomechanics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 1391–1452 (2014).
[Crossref]

Krause, A.

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Lehnert, K. W.

T. A. Palomaki, J. D. Teufel, R. W. Simmonds, and K. W. Lehnert, “Entangling mechanical motion with microwave fields,” Science 342, 710–713 (2013).
[Crossref]

Li, T.

Liu, S.

Marquardt, F.

M. Aspelmeyer, T. J. Kippenberg, and F. Marquardt, “Cavity optomechanics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 1391–1452 (2014).
[Crossref]

Mayer Alegre, T. P.

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

McAdams, I. S.

Minowa, Y.

Murphy, J. P. J.

Nagornykh, P.

Neukirch, L. P.

Novotny, L.

Painter, O.

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Palomaki, T. A.

T. A. Palomaki, J. D. Teufel, R. W. Simmonds, and K. W. Lehnert, “Entangling mechanical motion with microwave fields,” Science 342, 710–713 (2013).
[Crossref]

Peterson, R. W.

T. P. Purdy, R. W. Peterson, and C. A. Regal, “Observation of radiation pressure shot noise on a macroscopic object,” Science 339, 801–804 (2013).
[Crossref]

Pettit, R. M.

Purdy, T. P.

T. P. Purdy, R. W. Peterson, and C. A. Regal, “Observation of radiation pressure shot noise on a macroscopic object,” Science 339, 801–804 (2013).
[Crossref]

Regal, C. A.

T. P. Purdy, R. W. Peterson, and C. A. Regal, “Observation of radiation pressure shot noise on a macroscopic object,” Science 339, 801–804 (2013).
[Crossref]

Rodenburg, B.

Safavi-Naeini, A. H.

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Schrinski, B.

Simmonds, R. W.

T. A. Palomaki, J. D. Teufel, R. W. Simmonds, and K. W. Lehnert, “Entangling mechanical motion with microwave fields,” Science 342, 710–713 (2013).
[Crossref]

Stickler, B. A.

Swartzlander, G.

Teufel, J. D.

T. A. Palomaki, J. D. Teufel, R. W. Simmonds, and K. W. Lehnert, “Entangling mechanical motion with microwave fields,” Science 342, 710–713 (2013).
[Crossref]

Toyota, Y.

Vamivakas, A. N.

Wetzel, W.

Wright, E. M.

Yin, Z.-Q.

Zhang, Y.

Contemp. Phys. (1)

L. P. Neukirch and A. N. Vamivakas, “Nano-optomechanics with optically levitated nanoparticles,” Contemp. Phys. 56, 48–62 (2015).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (9)

M. Frimmer, J. Gieseler, T. Ihn, and L. Novotny, “A levitated nanoparticle as a classical two-level atom,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C52–C57 (2017).
[Crossref]

R. M. Pettit, L. P. Neukirch, Y. Zhang, and A. N. Vamivakas, “Coherent control of a single nitrogen-vacancy center spin in optically levitated nanodiamond,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C31–C35 (2017).
[Crossref]

Y. Minowa, Y. Toyota, and M. Ashida, “In situ tuning of whispering gallery modes of levitated silica microspheres,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C20–C24 (2017).
[Crossref]

J. E. Coppock, P. Nagornykh, J. P. J. Murphy, I. S. McAdams, S. Katragadda, and B. E. Kane, “Dual-trap system for the study of charged graphene nanoplatelets in high vacuum,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C36–C43 (2017).
[Crossref]

S. Liu, T. Li, and Z.-Q. Yin, “Coupling librational and translational motion of a levitated nanoparticle in an optical cavity,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C8–C13 (2017).
[Crossref]

B. Schrinski, B. A. Stickler, and K. Hornberger, “Collapse-induced orientational localization of rigid rotors [Invited],” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C1–C7 (2017).
[Crossref]

G. Swartzlander, “Radiation pressure on a diffractive sailcraft,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C25–C30 (2017).
[Crossref]

Y. Arita, M. Chen, E. M. Wright, and K. Dholakia, “Dynamics of a levitated microparticle in vacuum trapped by a perfect vortex beam: three-dimensional motion around a complex optical potential,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C14–C19 (2017).
[Crossref]

M. Bhattacharya, B. Rodenburg, W. Wetzel, B. Ek, and A. K. Jha, “Effects of photon scattering torque in off-axis levitated torsional cavity optomechanics,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, C44–C51 (2017).
[Crossref]

Nature (1)

J. Chan, T. P. Mayer Alegre, A. H. Safavi-Naeini, J. T. Hill, A. Krause, S. Gröblacher, M. Aspelmeyer, and O. Painter, “Laser cooling of a nanomechanical oscillator into its quantum ground state,” Nature 478, 89–92 (2011).
[Crossref]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

B. P. Abbott, et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration), “Observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 061102 (2015).
[Crossref]

Rev. Mod. Phys. (1)

M. Aspelmeyer, T. J. Kippenberg, and F. Marquardt, “Cavity optomechanics,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 86, 1391–1452 (2014).
[Crossref]

Science (2)

T. P. Purdy, R. W. Peterson, and C. A. Regal, “Observation of radiation pressure shot noise on a macroscopic object,” Science 339, 801–804 (2013).
[Crossref]

T. A. Palomaki, J. D. Teufel, R. W. Simmonds, and K. W. Lehnert, “Entangling mechanical motion with microwave fields,” Science 342, 710–713 (2013).
[Crossref]

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