Erwin Schrödinger – 50 Years After
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(2) Fakultät für Physik, Universität Wien, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090, WIEN, AUSTRIA
Quantum optomechanics exploits radiation pressure effects inside optical cavities. It can be used to generate quantum states of the center-of-mass motion of massive mechanical objects, thereby opening up a new parameter regime for macroscopic quantum experiments. The challenging experimental conditions to maintain and observe quantum coherence for increasingly large objects may require a space environment rather than an earth-bound laboratory. We introduce a possible space experiment to study the wave-packet expansion of massive objects. This forms the basis for Schrödinger cat states of unprecedented size and mass.
Keywords: Quantum optics, quantum optomechanics