Introduction to Microwave Cavity Optomechanics

  • Konrad W. LehnertEmail author
Part of the Quantum Science and Technology book series (QST)


In this chapter, I introduce the concepts of electromechanical superconducting resonant circuits, a topic known as microwave cavity optomechanics. As part of that introduction, I will provide: a review of the field’s development, a discussion of its relationship to “optical” cavity optomechanics, and a description of its current progress. In addition, I derive in pedagogical detail the classical dynamics of a mechanical oscillator parametrically coupled to a resonant circuit. Finally, I show that the cavity optomechanical Hamiltonian is the quantum description for a such an electromechanical circuit.



I thank John Price, Charles Rogers, Jennifer Harlow, Tauno Palomaki, Reed Andrews, Hsiang-Shen Ku, and William Kindel for helpful discussions and assistance in preparing this document.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.JILA, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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