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Strong angular momentum optomechanical coupling for macroscopic quantum control

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posted on 2023-01-12, 14:07 authored by Yuan Liu, Yaoming Chu, Shaoliang Zhang, Jianming Cai
Optomechanical systems offer unique opportunities to explore macroscopic quantum state and related fundamental problems in quantum mechanics. Here, we propose a quantum optomechanical system involving exchange interaction between spin angular momentum of light and a torsional oscillator. We demonstrate that this system allows coherent control of the torsional quantum state of a torsional oscillator on the single photon level, which facilitates efficient cooling and squeezing of the torsional oscillator. Furthermore, the torsional oscillator with a macroscopic length scale can be prepared in Schr\"odinger cat-like state. Our work provides a platform to verify the validity of quantum mechanics in macroscopic systems on the micrometer and even centimeter scale.

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