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Optoelectronics & Communications

Markus Aspelmeyer plenary talk: Quantum Optomechanics

Presented at SPIE Photonics West 2013

13 February 2013, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201302.14

Markus Aspelmeyer, Vienna Ctr. for Quantum Science and Technology, Univ. of ViennaIn "Quantum Optomechanics," Markus Aspelmeyer of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Vienna (Austria) discusses how 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.

Aspelmeyer is a professor of physics at the University of Vienna, and speaker of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ). His research combines the development of new quantum technologies with fundamental quantum experiments.