The Theory of Quantum Electromechanics - Elinor Irish

"Quantum electromechanics" combines a superconducting qubit and a nanofabricated mechanical resonator into a system similar to an atom in an optical cavity. Many fascinating quantum optical effects should be realizable in this solid-state system. Additionally, new effects may appear due to the possibility of very strong coupling even at large detunings. I will talk about my work on the theory of quantum electromechanical systems, motivated in particular by the search for ways to observe the quantum behavior of nanoscale mechanical resonators.