Macroscopic tunneling of a membrane in an optomechanical double-well potential

L. F. Buchmann, L. Zhang, A. Chiruvelli, P. Meystre

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The macroscopic tunneling of an optomechanical membrane is considered. A cavity mode which couples quadratically to the membranes position can create highly tunable adiabatic double-well potentials, which together with the high Q factors of such membranes render the observation of macroscopic tunneling possible. A suitable, pulsed measurement scheme using a linearly coupled mode of the cavity for the verification of the effect is studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number210403
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 23 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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