Measurement and feedback for cooling heavy levitated particles in low-frequency traps

Walker, L. S. and Robb, G. R. M. and Daley, A. J. (2019) Measurement and feedback for cooling heavy levitated particles in low-frequency traps. Physical Review A, 100 (6). 063819. ISSN 1094-1622

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    Abstract

    We consider a possible route to ground-state cooling of a levitated nanoparticle, magnetically trapped by a strong permanent magnet, using a combination of measurement and feedback. The trap frequency of this system is much lower than those involving trapped ions or nanomechanical resonators. Minimization of environmental heating is therefore challenging as it requires control of the system on a timescale comparable to the inverse of the trap frequency. We show that these traps are an excellent platform for performing optimal feedback control via real-time state estimation, for the preparation of motional states with measurable quantum properties.