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The proposed research program builds on the previously developed ultra-high-Q monolithic micro-resonators the applicant has studied over the past years. These micro-resonators offer unprecedented confinement of light in micro-scale volumes for extended amounts of time and have opened many lab-on-chip applications ranging from nonlinear optics, quantum optics to biochemical sensing. Over the last years it has become possible in these and related structures to observe the influence of radiation pressure in an experimental setting. Indeed, it has been shown by several groups including the applicants, that it is possible to use radiation pressure to cool a mechanical oscillator, in analogy to atomic laser cooling. The significance of the research program lies in its attempt to exploit the opto-mechanical system to study fundamental concepts of the Quantum Limits of Motion Measurements- a field which has sparked widespread interest in contemporary physics for quiet some time, but which to date remains experimentally unexplored and which is intimately related to concepts used in fields such as gravitational wave detection or scanning probe techniques. From a conceptual point of view, this research could tries to approach the quantum limits of a mechanical, mesoscopic object, which have so far not been probed or observed and which are part of the emerging research field "cavity Quantum Optomechanics".