Cooling and control of a nanomechanical membrane with cold atoms
Third-party funded project
Project title Cooling and control of a nanomechanical membrane with cold atoms
Principal Investigator(s) Treutlein, Philipp
Co-Investigator(s) Maletinsky, Patrick
Organisation / Research unit Departement Physik / Experimentelle Nanophysik (Treutlein)
Project Website
Project start 01.03.2015
Probable end 28.02.2019
Status Completed
Abstract The goal of this PhD project is to realize a hybrid optomechanical system in which ultracold neutral atoms are strongly coupled to the vibrations of a nanomechanical membrane inside an optical cavity. Laser light will provide a long-distance coupling between the two systems, enabling a modular setup where the membrane-cavity system is placed in a cryostat while the atoms are prepared in a separate room-temperature vacuum chamber. This system will be used to explore cooling and quantum control of the nanomechanical membrane with the atoms. Mechanical oscillators in the quantum regime offer new perspectives for precision force sensing, the realization of quantum transducers, and tests of quantum mechanics in massive systems.
Financed by Public Administration
University of Basel

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