Ion trap transducers for quantum electromechanical oscillators

W. K. Hensinger, D. Wahyu Utami, Hsi-Sheng Goan, K. Schwab, C. Monroe, G. J. Milburn

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An enduring challenge for contemporary physics is to experimentally observe and control quantum behavior in macroscopic systems. We show that a single trapped atomic ion could be used to probe the quantum nature of a mesoscopic mechanical oscillator precooled to 4 K, and furthermore, to cool the oscillator with high efficiency to its quantum ground state. The proposed experiment could be performed using currently available technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)041405-1-041405-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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