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Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime
Gordon Research Conference

Exploring the Quantum Regime

Dates

March 4-9, 2012

Location

Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX

Organizers

Chairs:
Konrad W. Lehnert & Tobias J. Kippenberg

Vice Chairs:
Aashish Clerk & Florian K. Marquardt

Meeting Description

With macroscopic mechanical oscillators now firmly exhibiting quantum behavior, micro/nano-mechanics is the third technology — following optics and electronics — to enter the quantum regime. We anticipate that this exciting development will spark new ideas in quantum information, measurement science, and fundamental tests of physical laws. This meeting will provide a glimpse of the latest developments in this rapidly evolving activity. It will include the diversity of physical systems that display the quantum motion of mechanical oscillators, such as: small and large scale optomechanical structures, cold atomic clouds, electromechanical circuits, and hybrids of these systems. Topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to): applications for the newly developed quantum control over macroscopic mechanical oscillators, experimental and theoretical strategies for enhancing quantum coherence, and fundamental tests enabled by quantum oscillators.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmMechanical motion coupled to quantum spins
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion Leader: Brian D'Urso (University Of Pittsburgh)
8:00 pm - 8:35 pmMikhail Lukin (Harvard University)
"Coupling single spin qubit to mechanical resonator"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:20 pmOlivier Arcizet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
"A single NV defect coupled to a nanomechanical oscillator"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIon, Atom, and Molecule Mechanics
9:00 am - 9:35 amDiscussion Leader: David Wineland (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
9:35 am - 10:10 amMarkus Arndt (University of Vienna)
"Exploring the complexity limits of quantum mechanics using delocalized clusters and macromolecules"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amDan Stamper-Kurn (University of California at Berkeley)
"Quantum signatures of cavity optomechanics"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmVladan Vuletic (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Cavity Cooling the Collective Mode of an Atomic Ensemble"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMembranes in the Quantum Regime
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion Leader: Jack Sankey (Mcgill University)
8:00 pm - 8:35 pmH. Jeff Kimble (California Institute of Technology)
"Ultrahigh-Q mechanical oscillators through optical trapping"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:20 pmCindy Regal (JILA, University Of Colorado and NIST)
"Cavity optomechanics with hybrid membrane resonators"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmQuantum Nano-photonics
9:00 am - 9:35 amDiscussion Leader: Albert Schliesser (Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics)
9:35 am - 10:10 amOskar Painter (California Institute of Technology)
"Beyond ground-state cooling: techniques for optical quantum control of nanomechanical motion"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amWolfram Pernice (Yale University)
"Detecting single photons in a hybrid photonic-superconducting circuit"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmIvan Favero (Universite Paris D. Diderot)
"Miniature GaAs whispering gallery structures for optomechanics"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCan low-energy physics confront quantum gravity?
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion Leader: Miles Blencowe (Dartmouth College)
8:00 pm - 8:35 pmOriol Romero-Isart (Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics)
"Testing Quantum Mechanics with Levitating Mechanical Resonators"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:20 pmDirk Bouwmeester (University of California at Santa Barbara)
"Towards testing Penrose's ideas on gravitational induced decoherence"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmQuantum or anomalous radiation pressure
9:00 am - 9:35 amDiscussion Leader: Antoine Heidmann (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie)
9:35 am - 10:10 amMark Raizen (University of Texas at Austin)
"Experiments with Optically Trapped Microspheres"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amRoman Schnabel (Leibniz Universitaet Hannover)
"Opto-mechanics in a Michelson-Sagnac interferometer"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmHenri Lezec (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
"Negative Electromagnetic Radiation Pressure"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmQuantum electrical control of motion
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion Leader: Eugene Polzik (Copenhagen University)
8:00 pm - 8:35 pmWarwick Bowen (University of Queensland)
"Squeezed light enhanced sensitivity in cavity optomechanics"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:20 pmKurt Jacobs (University Of Massachusetts At Boston)
"Mechanical Resonators: Getting Even Cooler"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmStrongly coupled and hybrid optomechanics
9:00 am - 9:35 amDiscussion Leader: Andreas Nunnenkamp (University of Basel)
9:35 am - 10:10 amPeter Rabl (IQOQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
"Optomechanical quantum networks"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amKlemens Hammerer (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
"Hybrid Systems and Dissipatively Coupled Optomechanics"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmSunil Bhave (Cornell University)
"OMG!: Towards an Opto-Mechanical Gyroscope"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmQuantum Electromechanics
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion Leader: Gary Steele (Technical University of Delft)
8:00 pm - 8:35 pmRay Simmonds (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
"Single phonon control in an electromechanical system"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:20 pmMika Sillanpää (Aalto University)
"Towards quantum limited mechanical microwave amplification"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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