Optomechanical resonator-enhanced atom interferometry

Logan L. Richardson, Ashwin Rajagopalan, Henning Albers, Christian Meiners, Dipankar Nath, Christian Schubert, Dorothee Tell, Étienne Wodey, Sven Abend, Matthias Gersemann, Wolfgang Ertmer, Ernst M. Rasel, Dennis Schlippert, Moritz Mehmet, Lee Kumanchik, Luis Colmenero, Ruven Spannagel, Claus Braxmaier, Felipe Guzmán

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Matter-wave interferometry and spectroscopy of optomechanical resonators offer complementary advantages. Interferometry with cold atoms is employed for accurate and long-term stable measurements, yet it is challenged by its dynamic range and cyclic acquisition. Spectroscopy of optomechanical resonators features continuous signals with large dynamic range, however it is generally subject to drifts. In this work, we combine the advantages of both devices. Measuring the motion of a mirror and matter waves interferometrically with respect to a joint reference allows us to operate an atomic gravimeter in a seismically noisy environment otherwise inhibiting readout of its phase. Our method is applicable to a variety of quantum sensors and shows large potential for improvements of both elements by quantum engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number208
JournalCommunications Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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