Should micro-electromechanical (MEMS) devices play any role in a future quantum information processing technology? Although these structures are ubiquitous in modern electronics, their use in a future quantum information processor is not widely anticipated. In this talk, I will argue that MEMS devices may impact quantum information processing in two important areas. First, they provide a general platform for creating interactions between two otherwise non-interacting systems and thereby create hybrid quantum devices. In particular, I will describe our progress in using mechanical oscillators to build quantum coherent interfaces between the microwave and optical domains. Second, they are long lived, compact structures that can be integrated with superconducting qubits. As such they may provide local memory elements to that quantum computing architecture. I will also discuss our recent progress in this endeavor.
10 Minute Talk Title: "Quantum network of atomic clocks"