Macroscopic optomechanical superposition via periodic qubit flipping Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 American Physical Society. We propose a scheme to generate macroscopic superpositions of well-distinguishable coherent states in an optomechanical system via periodic qubit flipping. Our scheme does not require the single-photon strong-coupling rate of an optomechanical system. The generated mechanical superposition state can be reconstructed using mechanical quantum-state reconstruction. The proposed scheme relies on recycling of an atom, fast atomic qubit flipping, and coherent state mapping between a single-photon superposition state and an atomic superposition state. We discuss the experimental feasibility of our proposal under current technology.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ge, W., & Zubairy, M. S.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Ge, Wenchao||Zubairy, M Suhail

publication date

  • January 2015