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Pulsed quantum optomechanics

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Hammerer,  K.
AEI-Hannover, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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1011.0879
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Vanner, M. R., Pikovski, I., Cole, G. D., Kim, M. S., Brukner, C., Hammerer, K., et al. (2011). Pulsed quantum optomechanics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108: 16182. doi:10.1073/pnas.1105098108.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-03E1-D
Abstract
Studying mechanical resonators via radiation pressure offers a rich avenue for the exploration of quantum mechanical behavior in a macroscopic regime. However, quantum state preparation and especially quantum state reconstruction of mechanical oscillators remains a significant challenge. Here we propose a scheme to realize quantum state tomography, squeezing and state purification of a mechanical resonator using short optical pulses. The scheme presented allows observation of mechanical quantum features despite preparation from a thermal state and is shown to be experimentally feasible using optical microcavities. Our framework thus provides a promising means to explore the quantum nature of massive mechanical oscillators and can be applied to other systems such as trapped ions.