Cool with a nonlinear cavity

The OEAW Innsbruck team together with the team from KIT have demonstrated a new way of cooling mechanical motion. This novel method exploits the nonlinearity of a superconducting flux-tunable microcavity, which is coupled to the motion of a mechanical cantilever. By driving the cavity in the nonlinear regime, enhanced cooling of the center-of-mass motion was demonstrated. All the details can be read here, with a synopsis here and a news article here. Congrats to the OEAW Innsbruck and KIT teams for this excellent work!