Nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems

L. Midolo, A. Schliesser, A. Fiore

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A new class of hybrid systems that couple optical, electrical and mechanical degrees of freedom in nanoscale devices is under development in laboratories worldwide. These nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems (NOEMS) offer unprecedented opportunities to control the flow of light in nanophotonic structures, at high speed and low power consumption. Drawing on conceptual and technological advances from the field of optomechanics, they also bear the potential for highly efficient, low-noise transducers between microwave and optical signals, in both the classical and the quantum domains. This Perspective discusses the fundamental physical limits of NOEMS, reviews the recent progress in their implementation and suggests potential avenues for further developments in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalNature Nanotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


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