Demonstration of optically modulated dispersion forces

Opt Express. 2007 Apr 16;15(8):4823-9. doi: 10.1364/oe.15.004823.


We report the first experiment on the optical modulation of dispersion forces through a change of the carrier density in a Si membrane. For this purpose a high-vacuum based atomic force microscope and excitation light pulses from an Ar laser are used. The experimental results are compared with two theoretical models. The modulation of the dispersion force will find applications in optomechanical micromachines.