Generation of Mechanical Interference Fringes by Multi-Photon Quantum Measurement

Quantum optomechanics uses the radiation-pressure interaction and the tools of quantum optics to extend the control of individual quantum systems to a macroscopic regime. The field is currently receiving a surge of interest for its potential to contribute to both fundamental and applied science with current research directions including table-top tests of quantum gravity and the development of high-precision weak-force sensors. In this talk, recent experimental work observing mechanical interference fringes will be described. This work is a key step towards generating and observing non-classical states of motion of a massive mechanical resonator [arXiv:1602.05955].

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