Mechanical resonators are gradually becoming available as new quantum systems. Quantum optics in combination with optomechanical interactions (quantum optomechanics) provides a particularly helpful toolbox for generating and controlling mechanical quantum states. We highlight some of the current challenges in the field by discussing two of our recent experiments.
© 2010 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 19, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 2010
Published: May 28, 2010
(2010) Advances in Optics and Photonics
M. Aspelmeyer, S. Gröblacher, K. Hammerer, and N. Kiesel, "Quantum optomechanics—throwing a glance [Invited]," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, A189-A197 (2010)