Optically levitated nanoparticle as a model system for stochastic bistable dynamics
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NanoparticlesNonlinear phenomenaStatistical physics
Ricci, F. ; et al. Optically levitated nanoparticle as a model system for stochastic bistable dynamics. Nature Communications, 8: 15141 (2017). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/46543]
Sponsorshipinancial support from the ERC- QnanoMECA (Grant No. 64790), the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, under grant FIS2016-80293-R and through the ‘Severo Ochoa’ Programme for Centres of Excellence in R&D (SEV-2015-0522), Fundació Privada CELLEX and from the CERCA Programme/Generalitat de Catalunya. J.G. has been supported by H2020-MSCA-IF-2014 under REA grant Agreement No. 655369. L.R. acknowledges support from an ETH Marie Curie Cofund Fellowship.
Nano-mechanical resonators have gained an increasing importance in nanotechnology owing to their contributions to both fundamental and applied science. Yet, their small dimensions and mass raises some challenges as their dynamics gets dominated by nonlinearities that degrade their performance, for instance in sensing applications. Here, we report on the precise control of the nonlinear and stochastic bistable dynamics of a levitated nanoparticle in high vacuum. We demonstrate how it can lead to efficient signal amplification schemes, including stochastic resonance. This work contributes to showing the use of levitated nanoparticles as a model system for stochastic bistable dynamics, with applications to a wide variety of fields.