Backaction-evading measurement of mechanical motion in the optical domain

When measuring the position of a mechanical oscillator, quantum mechanics imposes a strict limit on the attainable precision: Any reduction of imprecision leads to increased quantum backaction of the measuring probe on the oscillator. This quantum limit can be circumvented, in principle allowing to indefinitely reduce imprecision, by monitoring only a single quadrature of the oscillator. Such backaction-evading measurement has been recently demonstrated in electromechanical oscillators coupled to microwave resonant circuits. Here we demonstrate this technique in a photonic crystal nanomechanical oscillator, cryogenically and optomechanically cooled to a few quanta.


Published in:
2018 International Conference On Optical Mems And Nanophotonics (Omn), 26-27
Presented at:
International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN), Lausanne, SWITZERLAND, Jul 29-Aug 02, 2018
Year:
Jan 01 2018
Publisher:
New York, IEEE
ISSN:
2160-5033
ISBN:
978-1-5090-6374-1
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