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The various interactions between light and the dynamical (oscillatory) states of matter are beginning to be understood, for instance from research in cavity optodynamics, and have been delivering a lot of basic science results, both in the classical and in the quantum regime (e.g. for realising a quantum ground state through optomechanical cooling). This initiatives asks the question what we can do with all this? What are the technological implications of all this? How can this lead to anything practical?

What are we looking for?
•    What should be the orientation of research on this topic? As stated, do you feel it is too broad or, on the contrary, too narrow?
•    Have any recent scientific results been obtained relevant to this topic? Is there already a well-established community on this?
•    Do you know of related initiatives, for instance at national level, or in other continents?
•    What is needed at this point to advance this? More exploration of different ideas? More coordination among groups or related initiatives? A strong push for a precise technological target and, if so, which one? Anything else?

Background: Following the last FET consultation during 2012-13, 9 topics were identified as candidates for a FET Proactive. This topic has not been selected for inclusion in the FET Work Programme for 2014-15. Comments are invited on whether this topic is still relevant, or if any changes would be necessary to take account of recent research results. We are also trying to understand better how to advance these areas.

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njelezfe's picture

Nano-Optomechanical Technologies

I strongly support establishing a European Funding Initiative in the area of “Nano-Optomechanical Technologies”. This field that emerged during last decade will create elements of new technologies in the fields of quantum information processing, sensing. It also will provide new tools for better understanding of fundamental quantum physics topics including coherent control of single atoms and interactions between light and matter. European groups working in this field belong to world leading teams. Creation of dedicated funding in this field will allow establishing strong European Network with added values of collaboration between teams with complementary expertise. In addition such network will allow to bring major players from EU industry into this research field.

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nvanthdr's picture

Integration

While fully supporting all comments posted above, I also believe we should start thinking of how to transform the current lab experiments, requiring often multiple fully loaded optical tables, in practical devices, e.g. by further integration, bringing together multiple devices on a single chip or system etc...

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nmartiul's picture

Nano-optomechanical circuits

I strongly support this initiative. Beyond the plethora of interesting physical phenomena that can arise from such systems, in my opinion they can be disruptive in many applications. Importantly, I think that nano-optomechanical technologies will play a key role in applications such as all-optical data processing or biosensing, which are in the backbone of the Photonics21 roadmap. A dedicated call would be enormously beneficial for the European scientific and technological communities.
Alejandro Martinez
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
Spain

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