Quantum Communication and Quantum Networking. First International Conference, QuantumComm 2009, Naples, Italy, October 26-30, 2009, Revised Selected Papers

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Examples of Quantum Dynamics in Optomechanical Systems

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-11731-2_21,
        author={Max Ludwig and Georg Heinrich and Florian Marquardt},
        title={Examples of Quantum Dynamics in Optomechanical Systems},
        proceedings={Quantum Communication and Quantum Networking. First International Conference, QuantumComm 2009, Naples, Italy, October 26-30, 2009, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={QUANTUMCOMM},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Optomechanics quantum electrodynamics quantum physics photons nanomechanics optical cavity},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-11731-2_21}
    }
    
  • Max Ludwig
    Georg Heinrich
    Florian Marquardt
    Year: 2012
    Examples of Quantum Dynamics in Optomechanical Systems
    QUANTUMCOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-11731-2_21
Max Ludwig1, Georg Heinrich1, Florian Marquardt1
  • 1: Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München

Abstract

Optomechanical systems exploit the interaction between the optical radiation field and mechanical resonators in a laser-driven cavity. In the past few years, these systems have been the focus of considerable experimental and theoretical attention, yielding promising successes, particularly in using optomechanical cooling to reduce the thermal occupation of the resonators. This offers the prospect of observing quantum dynamics involving the motion of macroscopic mechanical objects. We review two features: First, the nonlinear self-induced mechanical oscillations induced by a strong laser drive can exhibit interesting quantum behaviour at low temperatures. Second, a mechanically driven membrane inside an optical cavity can ’shuttle photons’ around, and this system exhibits intricate dynamical interference effects (Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg oscillations).