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Phys Rev Lett. 2003 Sep 26;91(13):130401. Epub 2003 Sep 23.

Towards quantum superpositions of a mirror.

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Department of Physics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.


We propose an experiment for creating quantum superposition states involving of the order of 10(14) atoms via the interaction of a single photon with a tiny mirror. This mirror, mounted on a high-quality mechanical oscillator, is part of a high-finesse optical cavity which forms one arm of a Michelson interferometer. By observing the interference of the photon only, one can study the creation and decoherence of superpositions involving the mirror. A detailed analysis of the requirements shows that the experiment is within reach using a combination of state-of-the-art technologies.

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