The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience to present new data and cutting-edge ideas, as well as to engage in scientific exchange. The GRS offers the opportunity to present work not only in form of posters but also in form of oral presentations. In this protected "off-the-record" environment, participants are encouraged to freely discuss on-going projects and unpublished data, as well as to develop new collaborations and inspire scientific creativity.
The ability of quantum optomechanical systems to interface mechanical and optical subsystems has granted them an important role in quantum technology. Optomechanical and electromechanical systems have emerged as promising platforms for quantum control of mechanical oscillators, now even demonstrating directly verifiable preparation of highly non-classical mechanical states in a macro-scale system, and remote quantum entanglement between two mechanical oscillators. Thus, the engineering of optomechanical and electromechanical systems is not only paving the way towards the engineering of scalable quantum networks, but also towards powerful quantum-enhanced metrology.
In addition to the well-established optomechanical workhorses, novel platforms have emerged, e.g. vibrational and rotational optomechanics of levitated objects, magnomechanics, and quantum acoustics, and these systems are constantly pushed towards the quantum limit. Distinctly, levitated optomechanical systems have emerged as promising platforms not only for investigating quantum optomechanics, but also for novel tests of physics beyond the standard model, such as deviations from Newtonian gravity at sub-micron length scales. Furthermore, levitated systems offer a path toward investigating fundamental quantum physics, such as matter-wave interferometry with macroscale objects.
This seminar will cover recent achievements and future prospects, both theoretically and experimentally, for using mechanical quantum systems to develop new technologies and provide novel tests of fundamental physics. We aim to have a diverse meeting; thus, we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups and related fields of research to apply and to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. If you are from an underrepresented background, please consider applying for the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship. In any case, everyone is encouraged to contact the chairs if there are funding issues.
Please note that in order to give all applicants sufficient time to arrange their travel and VISA obligations for attendance to the GRS/GRC, we ask that applicants submit their applications by February 1. The February 1 date is a strong recommendation, but it does not override the actual May 23, 2020 GRC deadline.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 20, 2020. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.