Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-22-2006

Publication Title

Physical Review Letters

Abstract

We propose an experiment for generating and detecting vacuum-induced dissipative motion. A high frequency mechanical resonator driven in resonance is expected to dissipate mechanical energy in quantum vacuum via photon emission. The photons are stored in a high quality electromagnetic cavity and detected through their interaction with ultracold alkali-metal atoms prepared in an inverted population of hyperfine states. Superradiant amplification of the generated photons results in a detectable radio- frequency signal temporally distinguishable from the expected background.

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.200402

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