This thesis explores the coupling of microwave cavities containing a Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) to a mechanical resonator by means of a flux-mediated optomechanical coupling scheme, and to a Radio-Frequency (RF) circuit via a photon-pressure interaction. While flux-mediated optomechanical systems open the door for the exploration of optomechanical single-photon effects, ultimately allowing for the generation of non-classical states in mechanical oscillators and for the creation of optomechanical qubits, the realization of photon-pressure systems brings rich possibilities for quantum-limited sensing and quantum signal processing, representing a first step towards radio-frequency quantum photonics. Besides presenting the experimental work done with the systems described above, this thesis also provides a theoretical description of their working principle, details on their fabrication, and insights on maximizing their single-photon coupling strengths as well as an overview of the experimental challenges associated with SQUID cavities.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||25 May 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- SQUID cavities
- Superconducting circuits
- Photon-pressure coupling