A short walk through quantum optomechanics

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This paper gives a brief review of the basic physics of quantum optomechanics and provides an overview of some of its recent developments and current areas of focus. It first outlines the basic theory of cavity optomechanical cooling and gives a brief status report of the experimental state-of-the-art. It then turns to the deep quantum regime of operation of optomechanical oscillators and covers selected aspects of quantum state preparation, control and characterization, including mechanical squeezing and pulsed optomechanics. This is followed by a discussion of the "bottom-up" approach that exploits ultracold atomic samples instead of nanoscale systems. It concludes with an outlook that concentrates largely on the functionalization of quantum optomechanical systems and their promise in metrology applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-233
Number of pages19
JournalAnnalen der Physik
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013



  • Quantum optomechanics
  • decoherence
  • dynamical back-action
  • hybrid optomechanical system
  • laser cooling
  • mechanical squeezing
  • optical damping
  • optical spring effect
  • quantum measurement
  • quantum state transfer
  • radiation pressure
  • sideband cooling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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