Spin-mediated Photomechanical Coupling of a Nanoelectromechanical Shuttle
Journal article, 2016
We show that nanomechanical vibrations in a magnetic shuttle device can be strongly affected by external microwave irradiation through photo-assisted electronic spin-flip transitions. Mechanical consequences of these spin flips are due to a spin-dependent magnetic force, which may lead to a nanomechanical instability in the device. We derive a criterion for the instability to occur and analyze different regimes of nanomechanical oscillations. Possible experimental realizations of the spin-mediated photomechanical instability and detection of the device backaction are discussed.