Strong mechanical squeezing and its detection Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 American Physical Society. We report an efficient mechanism to generate a squeezed state of a mechanical mirror in an optomechanical system. We use an especially tuned parametric amplifier (PA) inside the cavity and the parametric photon phonon processes to transfer quantum squeezing from photons to phonons with almost 100% efficiency. We get 50% squeezing of the mechanical mirror which is limited by the PA. We present analytical results for the mechanical squeezing thus enabling one to understand the dependence of squeezing on system parameters like gain of PA, cooperativity, and temperature. As in cooling experiments the detrimental effects of mirror's Brownian and zero point noises are strongly suppressed by the pumping power. By judicious choice of the phases, the cavity output is squeezed only if the mirror is squeezed thus providing us a direct measure of the mirror's squeezing. Further considerable larger squeezing of the mirror can be obtained by adding the known feedback techniques.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., & Huang, S.

citation count

  • 98

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS||Huang, Sumei

publication date

  • April 2016