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Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Beyond Standard Optomechanics: Exploring New Mechanical Interactions


March 5-6, 2016


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA


Anja Metelmann & Norberto D. Lanzillotti Kimura

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. In this protected "off-record" environment, participants are encouraged to freely discuss on-going projects and unpublished data for problem solving and also to develop new collaborations and inspire scientific creativity.

Recent progresses in the design, fabrication and control of mechanical systems have paved the way to explore new horizons in the quantum world. Besides the testing and verification of quantum mechanical principles and ideas, mechanical systems play an important role in today's classical technology as well as in future's quantum applications. For instance, one of the most striking characteristics of mechanical systems is their ability to mediate communication between different subsystems. This property makes them a promising candidate as quantum transducers used in quantum information processing. This seminar will give an overview over the recent developments in the field and will cover theoretical and experimental topics, explore future perspectives and establish connections among related fields as cavity quantum electrodynamics, nanophononics and optomechanics.

The GRS offers the opportunity for young scientists to present their work to their peers not only in form of posters but also in form of oral presentations. We plan to have a diverse meeting; thus, we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups and related fields of research to apply and to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. Please contact the chairs if there are funding issues.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime - To Boldly Go Where No Resonator Has Gone Before
Discussion Leader: Mingyun Yuan (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmKonrad Lehnert (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Electromechanics in the Quantum Regime"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLinking Frequency Regimes via Mechanical Systems / Resonators in Liquids and Liquids as Resonators
Discussion Leaders: Vivishek Sudhir (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland) and Yauhen Sachkou (The University of Queensland, Australia)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmRobert Peterson (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Towards a Quantum-Enabled Microwave to Optical Converter"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmOndrej Cernotik (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
"Measurement-Induced Long-Distance Entanglement with Optomechanical Transducers"
8:15 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmKrishna Coimbatore Balram (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Piezo-Optomechanical Circuits"
8:35 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmLaura De Lorenzo (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Exploring the Macroscopic Quantum Physics of Motion with Superfluid He-4"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmEduardo Gil-Santos (Université Paris Diderot, France)
"High-Frequency Nano-Optomechanical Disk Resonators in Liquids"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amOptomechanical Crystals / New Approaches Using Multiple Mechanical Modes
Discussion Leaders: Ralf Riedinger (University of Vienna, Austria) and Denis Vasilyev (University of York, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:25 amHannes Pfeifer (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany)
"Tunable GHz Optomechanical Crystals"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amDaniel Navarro Urrios (Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain)
"A Self-Stabilized Coherent Phonon Source Driven by Optical Forces"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:00 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
10:00 am - 10:15 amTalitha Weiss (Institute for Theoretical Physics II, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
"Optomechanical Synchronization Phenomena in the Presence of (Quantum) Noise"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amHugo Ribeiro (McGill University, Canada)
"Classical Stückelberg Interferometry of a Nanomechanical Two-Mode System at Room Temperature"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amHedwig Eerkens (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
"Exploring Nested Resonators for Optomechanical Cooling"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmExploring Frontiers: From LIGO to Quantum Information
Discussion Leader: Nancy Aggarwal (LIGO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmRiccardo Manenti (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Surface Acoustic Wave Devices for Quantum Information"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmHeng Wang (University of Konstanz, Germany)
"Mechanically Induced Two-Qubit Gates and Maximally Entangled States for Single Electron Spins in a Carbon Nanotube"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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