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Schrödinger’s Mirrors: extending quantum experiments to massive mechanical objects

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Date and time Jan 24, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Location McLennan Physics (MP) 102
Host Aephraim Steinberg

Markus Aspelmeyer

Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, University of Vienna (Austria)

Aspelmeyer: Figure 1a
Aspelmeyer: Figure 1a

 Massive mechanical objects are now becoming available as new systems for quantum science. Quantum optics provides a powerful toolbox to generate, manipulate and detect quantum states of motion of such mechanical devices – from nanomechanical waveguides of some picogram to macroscopic, kilogram-weight mirrors of gravitational wave detectors. Recent experiments, including laser-cooling of micro- and nanomechanical resonators into their quantum ground state of motion, and demonstrations of the strong coupling regime provide the primary building blocks for full quantum optical control of mechanics, i.e. quantum optomechanics. This new frontier opens fascinating perspectives both for various applications and for unique tests of the foundations of quantum physics.

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