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Opt Express. 2011 Nov 21;19(24):24522-9. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.024522.

A monolithic radiation-pressure driven, low phase noise silicon nitride opto-mechanical oscillator.

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  • 1OxideMEMS Laboratory, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.


Cavity opto-mechanics enabled radiation pressure (RP) driven oscillators shown in the past offer an all optical Radio Frequency (RF) source without the need for external electrical feedback. However these oscillators require external tapered fiber or prism coupling and non-standard fabrication processes. In this work, we present a CMOS compatible fabrication process to design high optical quality factor opto-mechanical resonators in silicon nitride. The ring resonators designed in this process demonstrate low phase noise RP driven oscillations. Using integrated grating couplers and waveguide to couple light to the micro-resonator eliminates 1/f(3) and other higher order phase noise slopes at close-to-carrier frequencies present in previous demonstrations. We present an RP driven opto-mechanical oscillator (OMO) operating at 41.97 MHz with a signal power of -11 dBm and phase noise of -85 dBc/Hz at 1 kHz offset with only 1/f(2) noise down to 10 Hz offset from carrier.

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