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J. Schäfer, H. Rudolph, K. Hornberger, and A. Stickler
Cooling Nanorotors by Elliptic Coherent Scattering
Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 163603 (2021)


Simultaneously cooling the rotational and translational motion of nanoscale dielectrics into the quantum regime is an open task of great importance for sensing applications and quantum superposition tests. Here, we show that the six-dimensional ground state can be reached by coherent-scattering cooling with an elliptically polarized and shaped optical tweezer. We determine the cooling rates and steady-state occupations in a realistic setup and discuss applications for mechanical sensing and fundamental experiments.

(7 pages, 3 figures)   [ pdf, journal, arXiv:2006.04090 ]

doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.163603            (c) The American Physical Society

See also:

H. Rudolph et al., "Theory of nanoparticle cooling by elliptic coherent scattering",
Phys. Rev. A 103, 043514 (2021)