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Continuous optical-to-mechanical quantum state transfer in the unresolved sideband regime

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posted on 2023-01-12, 16:16 authored by Amy Navarathna, James S. Bennett, Warwick P. Bowen
Optical-to-mechanical quantum state transfer is an important capability for future quantum networks, quantum communication, and distributed quantum sensing. However, existing continuous state transfer protocols operate in the resolved sideband regime, necessitating a high-quality optical cavity and a high mechanical resonance frequency. Here, we propose a continuous protocol that operates in the unresolved sideband regime. The protocol is based on feedback cooling, can be implemented with current technology, and is able to transfer non-Gaussian quantum states with high fidelity. Our protocol significantly expands the kinds of optomechanical devices for which continuous optical-to-mechanical state transfer is possible, paving the way towards quantum technological applications and the preparation of macroscopic superpositions to test the fundamentals of quantum science.

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