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Modelling of Cavity Optomechanical Magnetometers

ARC Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems, School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
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Sensors 2018, 18(5), 1558; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18051558
Received: 8 February 2018 / Revised: 11 May 2018 / Accepted: 11 May 2018 / Published: 14 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors Based on Quantum Phenomena)
Cavity optomechanical magnetic field sensors, constructed by coupling a magnetostrictive material to a micro-toroidal optical cavity, act as ultra-sensitive room temperature magnetometers with tens of micrometre size and broad bandwidth, combined with a simple operating scheme. Here, we develop a general recipe for predicting the field sensitivity of these devices. Several geometries are analysed, with a highest predicted sensitivity of 180 p T / Hz at 28 μ m resolution limited by thermal noise in good agreement with previous experimental observations. Furthermore, by adjusting the composition of the magnetostrictive material and its annealing process, a sensitivity as good as 20 p T / Hz may be possible at the same resolution. This method paves a way for future design of magnetostrictive material based optomechanical magnetometers, possibly allowing both scalar and vectorial magnetometers. View Full-Text
Keywords: cavity-optomechanics; magnetometer; quantum sensing cavity-optomechanics; magnetometer; quantum sensing
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Yu, Y.; Forstner, S.; Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H.; Bowen, W.P. Modelling of Cavity Optomechanical Magnetometers. Sensors 2018, 18, 1558.

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