Quantum control of an optomechanical system with a single photon
Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute
Co-authors: S Basiri-Esfahani (The University of Queensland), C Myers (The University of Queensland), J Combes (The University of Queensland)
Progress in the technology of optomechanical systems is reaching the point where the mechanical action of a single photon can be significant. In this talk I will describe how single photon states can be used to control the quantum state of a mechanical resonator coupled via radiation pressure to the light in a cavity. The photons can be used as a quantum probe of the mechanical state . This enables the engineering of non classical states of the mechanical oscillator with applications to metrology and experiments to look for gravitational decoherence.