Novel Micro-Optomechanical Mirrors

Novel Micro-Optomechanical Mirrors

The development of novel micro-optomechanical mirrors and their application in high-precision optical metrology and novel light sources.

Contributions to QuantumFrontiers

  • Achievement of metrology beyond the standard quantum limit (SQL) by mitigating thermal noise sources in optomechanical experiments
  • Creation of optomechanical oscillators with tailored responses for next generation quantum-optomechanics with optimum perfomance
  • Development of low-noise high-reflectivity meta-mirrors for future ultra-stable laser cavities
  • Inspiration for a spin-off company dealing with the design of optical cavities

Collaborative Innovation

  • Integrating meta-mirrors into cavity experiments (Kroker TUBS, Heurs LUH)
  • Demonstrating ultra-stable laser cavities with meta-mirrors (Kroker TUBS,PTB / Sterr PTB / Nicolodi PTB)
  • Advancing novel atom cooling schemes for compact traps (Lisdat PTB / Kroker TUBS)
  • Developing low-noise high-susceptibility micro-optomechanical oscillators for laser power stabilization via radiation pressure (Kroker TUBS, PTB / Heurs LUH, AEI / Willke AEI, LUH)

Scientific Output

  • Publications

    Dickmann J, Sauer S, Meyer J, Gaedtke M, Siefke T, Brückner U et al. Experimental realization of a 12,000-finesse laser cavity based on a low-noise microstructured mirror. Communications Physics. 2023 Jan 20;6(1). 16.

    Neto LS, Dickmann J, Kroker S. Deep learning assisted design of high reflectivity metamirrors. Optics express. 2022 Jan 3;30(2):986-994.

    Chichkov NB, Evlyukhin AB, Chichkov BN. Massive surface-plasmon polaritons. Nanophotonics. 2021 Oct 2;10(14):3777-3778.

    Chichkov NB, Chichkov BN. On the origin of photon mass, momentum, and energy in a dielectric medium [Invited]. Optical materials express. 2021 Aug;11(8):2722-2729.

    Flügge J, Kroker S, Schnatz H. Fundamental length metrology. Handbook of Laser Technology and Applications: Laser Applications: Medical, Metrology and Communication (Volume Four). 2021;4:2.

    Gulkin DN, Popkova AA, Afinogenov BI, Shilkin DA, Kuršelis K, Chichkov BN et al. Mie-driven directional nanocoupler for Bloch surface wave photonic platform. Nanophotonics. 2021 Sep;10(11):2939-2947.

    Junker J, Wilken D, Huntington E, Heurs M. High-precision cavity spectroscopy using high-frequency squeezed light. Optics express. 2021 Feb 10;29(4):6053-6068.


    Nery MT, Venneberg JR, Aggarwal N, Cole GD, Corbitt T, Cripe J et al. Laser power stabilization via radiation pressure. Optics letters. 2021 Apr 14;46(8):1946-1949.

    Trad Nery M. Laser power stabilization via radiation pressure. Nature Reviews Physics. 2021 Oct;3(10):677.


    Ulbricht S, Dickmann J, Müller RA, Kroker S, Surzhykov A. Impact of Earth's gravity on Gaussian beam propagation in hemispherical cavities. Physical Review D. 2021 Sep 15;104(6). 062002.

    Bruns F, Vyatchanin SP, Dickmann J, Glaser R, Heinert D, Nawrodt R et al. Thermal charge carrier driven noise in transmissive semiconductor optics. Physical Review D. 2020 Jul 15;102(2). 022006.

    Dickmann W, Götze T, Bieler M, Kroker S. Intensity dependent deflection spectroscopy for the characterization of absorption mechanisms in semiconductors. Journal of applied physics. 2020 Jul 28;128(4). 045701.

    Evlyukhin AB, Tuz VR, Volkov VS, Chichkov BN. Bianisotropy for light trapping in all-dielectric metasurfaces. Physical Review B. 2020 May 13;101(20). 205415.

    Evlyukhin AB, Matiushechkina M, Zenin VA, Heurs M, Chichkov B. Lightweight metasurface mirror of silicon nanospheres [Invited]. Optical materials express. 2020 Sep 30;10(10):2706-2716.


    Hurtado CBR, Dickmann J, Bruns FF, Siefke T, Kroker S. Bound states in the continuum for optomechanical light control with dielectric metasurfaces. Optics express. 2020 Jul 6;28(14):20106-20116.

    Kaseberg T, Siefke T, Kroker S, Bodermann B. Inverted plasmonic lens design for nanometrology applications. Measurement science and technology. 2020 Jul;31(7). 074013.

    Nery MT, Danilishin SL, Venneberg JR, Willke B. Fundamental limits of laser power stabilization via a radiation pressure transfer scheme. Optics letters. 2020 Jul 10;45(14):3969-3972.

    Siefke T, Hurtado CBR, Dickmann J, Dickmann W, Käseberg T, Meyer J et al. Quasi-bound states in the continuum for deep subwavelength structural information retrieval for DUV nano-optical polarizers. Optics express. 2020 Aug 3;28(16):23122-23132.

    Ulbricht S, Dickmann J, Müller RA, Kroker S, Surzhykov A. Gravitational light deflection in Earth-based laser cavity experiments. Physical Review D. 2020 Jun 15;101(12). 121501.

    Zenin VA, Garcia-Ortiz CE, Evlyukhin AB, Yang Y, Malureanu R, Novikov SM et al. Engineering Nanoparticles with Pure High-Order Multipole Scattering. ACS PHOTONICS. 2020 Feb 28;7(4):1067-1075.

    Dickmann W, Dickmann J, Bruns FF, Kroker S. Key signal contributions in photothermal deflection spectroscopy. Journal of applied physics. 2019 Jul 14;126(2). 025106.

TG Members

  • Involved Members and their Relevant Expertise
    Members Institution Relevant Expertise
    Stefanie Kroker, Leader PTB / TUBS Complex Coupled High Index Waveguide Arrays ; Photonic Nanomaterials in the Strong Optomechanical Coupling Regime
    Liam Shelling-Neto TUBS Design of meta-surfaces with complex optical functionality
    Johannes Dickmann PTB/TUBS Low-noise optical systems
    Michèle Heurs AEI / LUH Backaction-Evading Techniques; Quantum Optomechanics
    Uwe Sterr PTB Novel Frequency References
    Daniele Nicolodi PTB Novel Frequency References
    Harald Lück AEI Next Generation Gravitational Wave Observatories; Sub-Standard Quantum Limit Interferometry
    Marina Trad Nery AEI Laser stabilization with optomechanical mirrors.
    Thomas Legero PTB Ultrastable laser cavities
    Steffen Sauer TUBS Ultra-stable cavities for optical clocks
    Sofia Herbers PTB Ultra-stable cavities for optical clocks
    Mona Kempkes PTB Ultra-stable cavities for optical clocks
    Mariia Matiushechkina AEI / LUH Realisation of metastructures