Ecole Normale supérieure – 24, rue Lhomond – Conf IV – 75005 Paris – 19th february at 13h45

Quantum Optical Control of Levitated Solids: a novel probe for the gravity-quantum interface

The increasing level of control over motional quantum states of massive, solid-state mechanical devices opens the door to an hitherto unexplored parameter regime of macroscopic quantum physics. I will report on our recent progress towards controlling levitated solids in the quantum regime. I will discuss the prospects of using these systems for fundamental tests of physics, including the interface between quantum and gravitational physics.