Mechanical Quantum Sensing in the Search for Dark Matter

TitleMechanical Quantum Sensing in the Search for Dark Matter
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsCarney, D, Krnjaic, G, Moore, DC, Regal, CA, Afek, G, Bhave, S, Brubaker, B, Corbitt, T, Cripe, J, Crisosto, N, .Geraci, A, Ghosh, S, Harris, JGE, Hook, A, Kolb, EW, Kunjummen, J, Lang, RF, Li, T, Lin, T, Liu, Z, Lykken, J, Magrini, L, Manley, J, Matsumoto, N, Monte, A, Monteiro, F, Purdy, T, Riedel, CJ, Singh, R, Singh, S, Sinha, K, Taylor, JM, Qin, J, Wilson, DJ, Zhao, Y
Date Published8/13/2020
Type of ArticleFERMILAB-PUB-20-378-QIS-T

Numerous astrophysical and cosmological observations are best explained by the existence of dark matter, a mass density which interacts only very weakly with visible, baryonic matter. Searching for the extremely weak signals produced by this dark matter strongly motivate the development of new, ultra-sensitive detector technologies. Paradigmatic advances in the control and readout of massive mechanical systems, in both the classical and quantum regimes, have enabled unprecedented levels of sensitivity. In this white paper, we outline recent ideas in the potential use of a range of solid-state mechanical sensing technologies to aid in the search for dark matter in a number of energy scales and with a variety of coupling mechanisms.