All-optical nanomechanical heat engine

Andreas Dechant, Nikolai Kiesel, Eric Lutz

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We propose and theoretically investigate a nanomechanical heat engine. We show how a levitated nanoparticle in an optical trap inside a cavity can be used to realize a Stirling cycle in the underdamped regime. The all-optical approach enables fast and flexible control of all thermodynamical parameters and the efficient optimization of the performance of the engine. We develop a systematic optimization procedure to determine optimal driving protocols. Further, we perform numerical simulations with realistic parameters and evaluate the maximum power and the corresponding efficiency.

ジャーナルPhysical review letters
出版物ステータスPublished - 2015 5 6

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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