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Optomechanical force sensors, cantilevers, and systems thereof

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July 24, 2018
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An optomechanical force sensor includes a substrate, a cantilevered beam anchored to the substrate, and a probe tip positioned near an end of the cantilevered beam distal to the substrate. A suspended waveguide is disposed on the cantilevered beam and is optically continuous with an input/output waveguiding structure. An optical cavity is defined within the suspended waveguide.
December 14, 2016
G01Q 60/38 (20100101);
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.