Assistant ProfessorInformation and Systems
- Mentor Information
- Keiichi Edamatsu (Research Institute of Electrical Communication)
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Recently, experiments using high-Q massive mechanical oscillators have been proposed for testing quantum mechanics  and probing Planck scale physics . The basic requirements for these experiments is reduction of the thermal decoherence rate, i.e. the inverse time of the absorption of a phonon from the environment, under the mechanical resonance. When suspended massive mirror is used, thermal decoherence can be reduced by optically trapping the mirror's motion because high-frequency laser is almost in its ground state with low entropy, and can create an effectively zero-temperature thermal bath even at room temperature. This optical control of a macroscopic oscillator is stably achieved by using a triangular optical cavity .
I try to cool the mg-scale suspended mirror down to its motional ground state, and keep the state over one mechanical period by reducing the thermal decoherence rate.
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