Quantum Optomechanics Lab
Welcome to the Quantum Optomechanics Lab at the University of Arizona. We couple nano-mechanical resonators and optical cavities to investigate various aspects of quantum physics at the macroscale. Questions we explore include: Can a solid state object be cooled to its ground state using radiation pressure? What are the signatures of the uncertainty principle in an interferometric measurement? Can a light field be squeezed by reflecting it from a mirror? Answers to these questions yield insights into the possibility of a new generation of optomechanical quantum technologies, such as squeezing-enhanced force sensors. Along similar lines, we are interested in using optomechanical systems as precision measurement tools, accessing fundamental physics such as non-Newtonian gravity and ultralight dark matter.
News and events
- August 24, 2020 -- Aman Agrawal and Charles Condos officially begin the Ph.D. program at the College of Optical Sciences.
- August 11, 2020 -- NSF ECCS-1945832 "QOMA" (Quantum-Enhanced Optomechanical Accelerometers) is awarded. Many thanks to Co-PI Felipe Guzman!
- August 9, 2020 -- "Towards cavity-free ground state cooling of an acoustic-frequency silicon nitride membrane" is chosen for an OSA Spotlight on Optics. Thanks to Nils Engelson for the nice spotlight article.
- July 22, 2020 -- TOM (trampoline-on-a-membrane) is born. Aman: "My heart was pounding during the drying step but somehow trampoline survived the violent evaporation of methanol."
- July 9, 2020 -- Arxiv submission "Searching for vector dark matter with an optomechanical accelerometer." Kudos to Jack and Mitul for their hard work. (Thanks to Swati for her patience.)
- May 18, 2020 -- Charles Condos joins the group. Due to COVID restrictions, he gets his own lab.
College of Optical Sciences
University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Phone: 520-621-2584 (Office)
Last modified: Septemer 6, 2020