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The stress of light cools vibration

Brillouin scattering of light is now shown to attenuate the Brownian motion of microscopic acoustic resonators. This electrostrictive phenomenon could be a useful complement to the ponderomotive and photothermal effects that can optically control optomechanical systems.

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Figure 1: The double-optical-resonance-assisted anti-Stokes process.


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Favero, I. The stress of light cools vibration. Nature Phys 8, 180–181 (2012).

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