First trapped nanorods!

Well done Yanhui & Maryam, first nanorods trapped in London! These silicon nanorods are 600nm lond and about 130nm in diameter.

The blue data shows the spectrum of a nanorod trapped by linearly polarized light, and the red data a spinning nanorod illuminated with circularly polarized light.

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Levitated optomechanics review online

You can find a pre-print of our levitated optomechanics article on arXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.08198

Optomechanics with Levitated Particles – Millen, Monteiro, Pettit, Vamivakas

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Welcome Inca!

We are very pleased to have Inca Robinson join us as a King’s Undergraduate Research Fellow. She will spend the next 6 weeks studying the concept of “macroscopic” in quantum physics.

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First trapping in the new lab

Levitation in our electromechanics experiment! Seriously speedy work from Katie and Muddassar.

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Welcome Maryam!

Dr. Maryam Nikkhou joins our group today, to focus on rotational optomechanics. Very pleased to have you onboard, Maryam.

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We’ve moved into our new lab.

Congratulations to the whole team for a swift and smooth move into our new lab, watch this space for the first results!

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Late Light

Our group co-organised Late Light 2019, an evening of public and scientific lectures, and an exhibition of specially curated artworks inspired by research into Photonics. It was a huge success, with over 250 people attending. See a Physics World review of the event here: physicsworld.com:art-and-science-light-up

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British Optomechanics Research Network meeting

It was a great pleasure for us all to attend the inaugural British Optomechanics Research Network (BORN) meeting in Nottingham. This research area is approaching critical mass in the UK, and it’s great to have a strong sense of community.

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Microcavity paper published!

To test quantum physics, the community needs to move towards working with smaller nanoparticles. To do this, we need better optics. This work presents a method for building tiny, robust, and high-performance optical resonators, for cooling nanoparticles:

Silicon microcavity arrays with open access and a finesse of half a million

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Levitated Optomechanics conference

We are organizing a Levitated Optomechanics conference in the Physikzentrum, aka “the Physics Castle” in Bad Honef, Germany. Attendence is free!

We have spaces for attendees, poster presentations, and contributed talks. Apply here:
https://www.we-heraeus-stiftung.de/veranstaltungen/seminare/2019/levitated-optomechanics/main/

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