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Slowing and stopping light using an optomechanical crystal array

Chang, D. E. and Safavi-Naeini, A. H. and Hafezi, M. and Painter, O. (2011) Slowing and stopping light using an optomechanical crystal array. New Journal of Physics, 13 (2). Art. No. 023003. ISSN 1367-2630. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/2/023003.

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One of the major advances needed to realize all-optical information processing of light is the ability to delay or coherently store and retrieve optical information in a rapidly tunable manner. In the classical domain, this optical buffering is expected to be a key ingredient of managing the flow of information over complex optical networks. Such a system also has profound implications for quantum information processing, serving as a long-term memory that can store the full quantum information contained in an optical pulse. Here, we suggest a novel approach to light storage involving an optical waveguide coupled to an optomechanical crystal array, where light in the waveguide can be dynamically and coherently transferred into long-lived mechanical vibrations of the array. Under realistic conditions, this system is capable of achieving large bandwidths and storage/delay times in a compact, on-chip platform.

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Safavi-Naeini, A. H.0000-0001-6176-1274
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Additional Information:© 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellsc. Received 24 November 2010; Published 1 February 2011. This work was supported by the DARPA/MTO ORCHID program through a grant from AFOSR. DC acknowledges support from the NSF and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Caltech’s Center for the Physics of Information. ASN acknowledges support from NSERC. MH acknowledges support from the US Army Research Office MURI award W911NF0910406.
Group:Kavli Nanoscience Institute, Institute for Quantum Information and Matter
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)UNSPECIFIED
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
Army Research Office (ARO)W911NF0910406
Issue or Number:2
Classification Code:PACS: 42.79.Hp; 42.79.Gn; 03.67.-a; 42.82.Et
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Deposited On:21 Mar 2011 20:52
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