Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Konrad W. Lehnert

Second Advisor

Cindy A. Regal

Third Advisor

Murray J. Holland

Fourth Advisor

Ana Maria Rey

Fifth Advisor

Xiaobo Yin

Abstract

This thesis experimentally demonstrates how macroscopic mechanical oscillators can be used to process and manipulate electromagnetic signals, i.e. light. Light shined upon an object can cause it to move or, as in the case of a mechanical oscillator, vibrate. This interaction allows light to be converted between vastly different frequencies, and provides an opportunity to manipulate the time and frequency content of electromagnetic signals. The following chapters describe the construction and measurement of systems that use electromagnetic resonators and highly tensioned membranes as mechanical oscillators to manipulate electromagnetic signals with high efficiency and extremely low added noise. These results show that mechanical oscillators can bring needed signal processing capabilities to quantum information networks, where they can be used to connect separate, physically distant, and otherwise mismatched cQED systems.

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