VCQ Summer School 2023 Speakers

VCQ Summer School 2023: Speakers

Cold Atoms & Thermalization

Prof. Sid Parameswaran, University of Oxford


Dr. Silvia Pappalardi, Ecole Normale Superieure Paris



Prof. Mauro Paternostro, Queen’s University Belfast


Prof. Philipp Treutlein, University of Basel

Light-mediated interactions in atomic and optomechanical systems

Many of the breakthroughs in quantum science and technology rely on engineering strong Hamiltonian interactions between quantum systems. Typically, strong coupling relies on short-range forces or on placing the systems in high-quality electromagnetic resonators, which restricts the range of the coupling to short distances. In these lectures I will show how a loop of laser light can generate Hamiltonian coupling over a distance [1] and report experiments using this approach to strongly couple a nanomechanical membrane oscillator and an atomic spin ensemble across one meter in a room-temperature environment [2]. We observe spin-membrane normal mode splitting, coherent energy exchange oscillations, two-mode thermal noise squeezing, and dissipative coupling with exceptional points [2]. We furthermore realize an optical coherent feedback loop and use it for cooling of the membrane vibrations [3,4]. Our experiments demonstrate the versatility and flexibility of light-mediated interactions, a powerful tool for quantum science that offers many further possibilities and is readily applicable to a variety of different systems.


[1] T. M. Karg, B. Gouraud, P. Treutlein, and K. Hammerer, Remote Hamiltonian interactions mediated by light, Phys. Rev. A 99, 063829 (2019).
[2] T. M. Karg, B. Gouraud, C. T. Ngai, G.-L. Schmid, K. Hammerer, and P. Treutlein, Light-mediated strong coupling between a mechanical oscillator and atomic spins one meter apart, Science 369, 174 (2020).
[3] G.-L. Schmid, C. T. Ngai, M. Ernzer, M. Bosch Aguilera, T. M. Karg, and P. Treutlein, Coherent feedback cooling of a nanomechanical membrane with atomic spins, Phys. Rev. X 12, 011020 (2022).
[4] M. Ernzer, M. Bosch Aguilera, M. Brunelli, G.-L. Schmid, T. M. Karg, C. Bruder, P. P. Potts, and P. Treutlein, Optical coherent feedback control of a mechanical oscillator, Phys. Rev. X 13, 021023 (2023).

Trapped Ions & Quantum Computation

Dr. Martin Ringbauer, IQOQI Innsbruck


Dr. Claire Edmunds, IQOQI Innsbruck