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Injection locking in an optomechanical coherent phonon source
preprintposted on 2023-11-30, 20:36 authored by Guillermo Arregui, Martin Facundo Colombano, Jérémie Maire, Alessandro Pitanti, Nestor Eduardo Capuj, Amadeu Griol, Alejandro Martínez, Clivia Marfa Sotomayor Torres, Daniel Navarro Urrios
Spontaneous locking of the phase of a coherent phonon source to an external reference is demonstrated in an optomechanical oscillator based on a self-triggered free-carrier/temperature limit cycle. Synchronization is observed when the pump laser driving the mechanical oscillator to a self-sustained state is modulated by a radiofrequency tone. We employ a pump-probe phonon detection scheme based on an independent optical cavity to observe only the mechanical oscillator dynamics. The lock range of the oscillation frequency, i.e., the Arnold tongue, is experimentally determined over a range of external reference strengths, evidencing the possibility to tune the oscillator frequency for a range up to 350 kHz. The stability of the coherent phonon source is evaluated via its phase noise, with a maximum achieved suppression of 44 dBc/Hz at 1kHz offset for a 100 MHz mechanical resonator. Introducing a weak modulation in the excitation laser reveals as a further knob to trigger, control and stabilise the dynamical solutions of self-pulsing based optomechanical oscillators, thus enhancing their potential as acoustic wave sources in a single layer silicon platform.