Micromechanics: a new quantum technology

Date: 
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 4:15pm
Author/Speaker: 
Konrad Lehnert
Affiliation: 
University of Colorado, Boulder
Public Lecture: 
Yes
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Because the speed of sound is so slow compared to the speed of light, micromechanical oscillators create superb compact filters and clocks. Moreover they convert force and acceleration signals into more easily processed electrical signals. Although these humble devices appear manifestly classical, they can exhibit quantum behavior when their vibrations are strongly coupled to optical light or to microwave electricity. I will describe our progress in using this recent and exciting result to develop quantum information processing elements or quantum enhanced sensors that exploit the unique properties of mechanical systems.