Measurements of Radiation Pressure Effect in Cryogenic Sapphire Dielectric Resonators

S. Chang, Anthony Mann, Andre Luiten, David Blair

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We report observations of the radiation pressure induced expansion of a solid dielectric resonator. This effect causes a fundamental limit to the frequency stability of the resonator. The measurements were made on four high e-factor quasi-TE ''whispering gallery'' modes from 9.9 to 12.6 GHz in a monocrystalline sapphire resonator at liquid helium temperatures. The fractional frequency shift is -1.0 +/- 0.1 x 10(-12) per mu J of energy stored in the resonator. This result is consistent in sign, magnitude, and linearity with the radiation pressure induced lattice expansion term predicted by Braginsky.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2141-2144
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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