Towards quantum superpositions of a mirror.

  title={Towards quantum superpositions of a mirror.},
  author={William K. Marshall and Christoph Simon and Roger Penrose and Dirk Bouwmeester},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={91 13},
We propose an experiment for creating quantum superposition states involving of the order of 10(14) atoms via the interaction of a single photon with a tiny mirror. This mirror, mounted on a high-quality mechanical oscillator, is part of a high-finesse optical cavity which forms one arm of a Michelson interferometer. By observing the interference of the photon only, one can study the creation and decoherence of superpositions involving the mirror. A detailed analysis of the requirements shows… 

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