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Imprinting interference fringes in massive optomechanical systems

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Original languageEnglish
Article number064101
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Journal publication date13 Dec 2011
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2011


An interferometric scheme for the creation of momentum superposition states of mechanical oscillators using a quantum mirror kicked by free photons is analyzed. The scheme features ultrafast preparation with immediate detection and should allow for the observation of signatures of momentum superpositions in a massive macroscopic system at nonzero temperatures. It is robust against thermalized initial states, displacement and movement, mirror imperfections, and the measurements' back-actions.

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