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Converting quantum information to mechanical motion

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 10:00am

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA X317

Speaker Name(s): 

Adam Reed

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

JILA, Lehnert group
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • JILA Thesis Defense

Event Details & Abstract: 

Mechanical systems that combine motion and electricity are often used to process information. They are employed as compact clocks, filters, and sensors in almost all modern electronic devices. Yet these devices are limited to processing classical information. To exploit mechanical systems in emerging quantum communication and computation technologies, such systems must process fragile quantum bits of information. In this talk, I'll describe the conversion of quantum bits encoded in electrical signals to the motion of a micron-scale mechanical resonator. This capability is crucial for harnessing mechanical systems as memories, or as converters of information between electronic quantum processors and telecommunications light.