Recent years have witnessed a series of developments at the intersection of two, previously distinct subjects. Optical microcavities and micro (nano) mechanical resonators, each a subject in its own right with a rich scientific and technological history [1,2], have, in a sense, become entangled experimentally. The results have implications in a wide range of subjects including improved gravity wave detection [3] and new tests of quantum theory [4]. They also suggest the beginning of an exciting period of experimental science, as it seems clear that a distinct subject of cavity opto-mechanics is emerging [5].

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