project . 2016 - 2020 . Closed

Quantum Cavity Optomechanics of Levitated Nanoparticles: from Foundations to Technologies

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: EP/N031105/1
  • Funded under: EPSRC Funder Contribution: 869,904 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    30 Jun 2016
    End Date
    29 Jun 2020
Description
Processes in the microscopic world are extremely well described by quantum theory, but yet little is known about the transition to the classical world at macroscopic scales. For example, can a macroscopic object such as a virus be put into a quantum superposition, and if not, what are the processes at these length and mass scales that prevent this? These types of questions are not only important for our fundamental understanding of the world but they will also impact on the development of future engineered macroscopic quantum systems. Until very recently these questions remained a primarily theoretical pursuit because the experimental methods required to prepare...
Description
Processes in the microscopic world are extremely well described by quantum theory, but yet little is known about the transition to the classical world at macroscopic scales. For example, can a macroscopic object such as a virus be put into a quantum superposition, and if not, what are the processes at these length and mass scales that prevent this? These types of questions are not only important for our fundamental understanding of the world but they will also impact on the development of future engineered macroscopic quantum systems. Until very recently these questions remained a primarily theoretical pursuit because the experimental methods required to prepare...
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