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CeNS Colloquium

Place: Kleiner Physik-Hörsaal, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz
Time: 15:30 h

Quantum-Opto-Mechanics: Towards Quantum Optical Control of Micromechanics

Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

Quantum states of mechanical resonators promise access to a whole range of new experimental regimes: from unprecedented levels of force sensitivity to the generation of macroscopic quantum superpositions of massive objects containing up to 1020 atoms. With the advent of micro- and nanomechanical systems a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches has emerged during the last years to tackle these challenges. Quantum optics provides a unique toolbox to enter and control the quantum regime of mechanical systems. I will review the recent progress in the field and report our latest results in Vienna on laser cooling mechanical micromirrors and the prospect of generating optomechanical quantum entanglement, which is at the heart of Schrödinger's cat paradox.