Observation of non-Markovian micro-mechanical Brownian motion

Author(s): S. Gröblacher, A. Trubarov, N. Prigge, G. D. Cole, M. Aspelmeyer, J. Eisert

Journal: Nature communications

Volume: 6

Page(s): 7606

Year: 2015

DOI Number: 10.1038/ncomms8606

Link: Link to publication


All physical systems are to some extent open and interacting with their environment. This insight, basic as it may seem, gives rise to the necessity of protecting quantum systems from decoherence in quantum technologies and is at the heart of the emergence of classical properties in quantum physics. The precise decoherence mechanisms, however, are often unknown for a given system. In this work, we make use of an opto-mechanical resonator to obtain key information about spectral densities of its condensed-matter heat bath. In sharp contrast to what is commonly assumed in high-temperature quantum Brownian motion describing the dynamics of the mechanical degree of freedom, based on a statistical analysis of the emitted light, it is shown that this spectral density is highly non-Ohmic, reflected by non-Markovian dynamics, which we quantify. We conclude by elaborating on further applications of opto-mechanical systems in open system identification.

Note: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.6942

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