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"Quantum Optomechanics"

Dr. Pierre Meystre
The University of Arizona


Quantum optomechanics is rapidly developing into a major area of research. This is a result of developments from two perspectives on the physical world. From the top down, ultra-sensitive micromechanical and nanomechanical detectors have become available utilizing the advanced materials and processing techniques of the semiconductor industry and nanoscience. These devices are capable of probing extremely feeble forces, often with spatial resolution at atomic scales. From the bottom-up, we have gained a deep understanding from quantum optics and atomic physics of the mechanical effects of light, in particular in the context of laser cooling, and of how quantum mechanics limits the ultimate sensitivity of measurements through quantum back-action. Quantum optomechanics results from the convergence of these two approaches, with ultra-sensitive mechanical elements from the top-down, and the exquisitecontrol of the mechanical effects of optical fields from the bottom-up.

The talk will give a tutorial introduction to that field, review key recent developments, and speculate on promising future directions.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
IQSE 578, 12:30 noon
Mitchell Physics Building

Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

(Pizza, salad, and soda to be served at 12:00 noon)

Host: IQSE