Abstract

We report on a hitherto unexplored application of squeezed light: for quantum-enhancement of mechanical transduction sensitivity in microcavity optomechanics. Using a toroidal silica microcavity, we experimentally demonstrate measurement of the transduced phase modulation signal in the frequency range 4–5.8 MHz with a sensitivity 0.72(±0.01)dB below the shot noise level. This is achieved for resonant probing in the highly undercoupled regime, by preparing the probe in a weak coherent state with phase squeezed vacuum states at sideband frequencies.

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