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Quantum control of an optomechanical system with a single photon

Presented by: 
G Milburn University of Queensland
Date: 
Monday 4th August 2014 - 10:30 to 11:10
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
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.
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