acta physica slovaca

Acta Physica Slovaca 61, No.5, 483-601 (2011) (115 pages)


G. J. Milburn1 and M. J. Woolley2,3
   1Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia.
   2Department of Physics, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada, H3A 2T8.
   3Département de Physique, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, J1K 2R1.

Full text: ::pdf :: (Received 5 January 2012, accepted 9 January 2012)

Abstract: We provide an introduction to the description of mechanical systems in the quantum regime, and provide a review of the various types of micro-scale and nano-scale optomechanical and electromechanical systems. The aim is to achieve quantum control of micromechanical and nanomechanical resonators using the electromagnetic field. Such control requires the demonstration of state preparation (in particular, cooling to the ground state), coherent control and quantum-limited measurement. These problems are discussed in turn. Some particular problems in force detection, metrology, nonlinear optomechanics and many-body optomechanics are also discussed.

DOI: 10.2478/v10155-011-0005-7
PACS: 42.50.Wk, 42.50.Lc, 42.50.-p, 85.85.+j
Keywords: Quantum optomechanics, Quantum electromechanics, Nanoelectromechanical systems, Microelectromechanical Systems, Quantum optics
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