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Dissertation

Investigations of Radiation Pressure: Optical side-band cooling of a trampoline resonator and the effect of superconductivity on the Casimir force

This thesis consists of two subjects, that are both a consequence of radiation pressure.

Author
Eerkens, H.J.
Date
21 March 2018
Links
Thesis in Leiden Repository

This thesis consists of two subjects, that are both a consequence of radiation pressure. In optomechanics, light is used to influence the motion of a trampoline resonator. It is possible to slow down this motion, cooling it from room temperature to an effective temperature of several milllikelvins, The other subject is how superconductivity influences the Casimir force between a niobium-titanium-nitride plate and a gold microsphere. This has been investigated both theoretically and experimentally.

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