Entangling the motion of two optically trapped objects via time-modulated driving fields

Mehdi Abdi, Michael J. Hartmann

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We study entanglement of the motional degrees of freedom of two tethered and optically trapped microdisks inside a single cavity. By properly choosing the position of the trapped objects in the optical cavity and driving proper modes of the cavity, it is possible to equip the system with linear and quadratic optomechanical couplings. We show that a parametric coupling between the fundamental vibrational modes of two tethered microdisks can be generated via a time-modulated input laser. For a proper choice of the modulation frequency, this mechanism can drive the motion of the microdisks into an inseparable state in the long time limit via a two-mode squeezing process. We numerically confirm the performance of our scheme for current technology and briefly discuss an experimental setup that can be used for detecting this entanglement by employing the quadratic coupling. We also comment on the perspectives for generating such entanglement between the oscillations of optically levitated nanospheres.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013056
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2015


  • entanglement
  • optical trapping
  • optomechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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