Quantum Nanomechanics explores nanoscale mechanical systems that operate in the regime where laws of quantum mechanics dominate their behaviour. Examples of such systems are nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS), carbon nanotube resonators and membranes made of two-dimensional materials such as graphene. With one or few mechanical energy quanta, their mechanical displacement is usually much smaller than atomic dimensions requiring special optical, superconducting and electronic quantum systems (such as single electron transistors) to excite and detect quantum states in such systems. The applications of quantum nanomechanical systems range from ultra-sensitive sensors to memory elements of quantum computers.
- Dr Oleg Kolosov