Dynamical Casimir Effect in optically modulated cavities

D. Faccio, I. Carusotto

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Cavities with periodically oscillating mirrors have been predicted to excite photon pairs out of the quantum vacuum in a process known as the Dynamical Casimir Effect. Here we propose and analyse an experimental layout that can provide an efficient modulation of the effective optical length of a cavity mode in the near-infrared spectral region. An analytical model of the dynamical Casimir emission is developed and compared to the predictions of a direct numerical solution of Maxwell's equations in real time. A sizeable intensity of dynamical Casimir emission is anticipated for realistic operating parameters. In the presence of an external coherent seed beam, we predict amplification of the seed beam and the appearance of an additional phase-conjugate beam as a consequence of stimulated dynamical Casimir processes. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2011

Original languageEnglish
Article number24006
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages6
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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