Decoherence suppression by cavity optomechanical cooling

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We consider a cavity optomechanical cooling configuration consisting of a mechanical resonator (denoted as resonator b) and an electromagnetic resonator (denoted as resonator a), which are coupled in such a way that the effective resonance frequency of resonator a depends linearly on the displacement of resonator b. We study whether back-reaction effects in such a configuration can be efficiently employed for suppression of decoherence. To that end, we consider the case where the mechanical resonator is prepared in a superposition of two coherent states and evaluate the rate of decoherence. We find that no significant suppression of decoherence is achievable when resonator a is assumed to have a linear response. On the other hand, when resonator a exhibits Kerr nonlinearity and/or nonlinear damping the decoherence rate can be made much smaller than the equilibrium value provided that the parameters that characterize these nonlinearities can be tuned close to some specified optimum values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-469
Number of pages16
JournalComptes Rendus Physique
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Cavity optomechanical cooling
  • Decoherence suppression
  • Mechanical resonator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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