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 the form of posters, but also in the 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 In this protected "off-the-record" environment, participants are encouraged to freely discuss on-going projects and unpublished data, as well as to develop new collaborations and inspire scientific creativity.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, demonstrating, for instance, directly verifiable preparation of highly non-classical mechanical states in a macro-scale system, and remote quantum entanglement between two mechanical oscillators. Thus, optomechanical and electromechanical systems are promising candidates for building scalable quantum networks, and achieving 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, quantum acoustics, and hybrid spin-mechanical systems. Now, optomechanical platforms enable novel tests of fundamental physics, such as matter-wave interferometry with macroscopic objects, the search for physics beyond the standard model, or deviations from Newtonian gravity at sub-micrometer length scales.
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. There are funding opportunities for conference participants from an underrepresented background, international participants from eligible countries, and predominantly undergraduate institutions; please contact the chairs for details, if applicable.