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APhMS Special Seminar

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Phononic Frequency Combs
Adarsh Venkataraman Ganesan, Postdoctoral Researcher, US National Institute of Standards and Technology,


Meeting ID: 843 2829 7458


Phononic frequency combs (PFC) are the mechanical analogs of celebrated photonic frequency combs. These represent a newly documented physical phenomenon in the well researched physical domain of mechanical resonators [1]. The emergence of PFC is mediated by nonlinear modal coupling. Through a series of experiments with mechanical devices, various features of PFC have now been identified. These include drive parameters for comb operation, hysteresis for comb spectrum tailoring and growth, saturation and attenuation mechanisms of combs, and nonlinear sensitivity to physical perturbations. My talk will describe the physics of phononic frequency combs and will emphasize how these could be foundational to the fields of quantum information science. In that respect, I will also present our first conceptual demonstration of active-cavity optomechanics. The future work will be focused on the fundamental contributions leading to the convergence of phononic frequency combs and quantum information science.

  1. Ganesan, A., Do, C. and Seshia, A., 2017. Phononic frequency comb via intrinsic three-wave mixing. Physical review letters, 118(3), p.033903.

More about the Speaker:

Adarsh Ganesan is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds his Ph.D. in Engineering from Cambridge University and BE (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Adarsh has been recognized for his doctoral work on phononic frequency combs by the 2017 John Winbolt prize (Cambridge University), 2017 UK doctoral researcher award, 2018 APS GSNP Student Speaker Award, 2018 IET Hudswell International Research Scholarship and 2019 BITSAA Global 30 Under 30 Award.

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