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Quantum Machines: Measurement and Control of Engineered Quantum SystemsLecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 96, July 2011$
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Michel Devoret, Benjamin Huard, Robert Schoelkopf, and Leticia F. Cugliandolo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681181

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681181.001.0001

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Quantum optomechanics

Quantum optomechanics

(p.321) 8 Quantum optomechanics
Quantum Machines: Measurement and Control of Engineered Quantum Systems

F. Marquardt

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a general introduction to the basic concepts of quantum optomechanics. It shows how strongly quantum optomechanical systems reduce to a linear interaction between a phonon mode and the mode of the fluctuations of the cavity field. It then presents the effect of light on the response the mechanical system, drawing an analogy with sideband cooling. Homodyne measurement of the position of the mechanical system is described. The chapter ends by explaining how to prepare exotic states of a mechanical oscillator and how the physics of the interaction between light and matter at play in optomechanics may one dayallow investigations of the possible effects of quantum gravity.

Keywords:   quantum optomechanics, sideband cooling, quantum gravity

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