Slowing and stopping light using an optomechanical crystal array

D E Chang, A H Safavi-Naeini, M Hafezi, O Painter
2011 New Journal of Physics  
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 to 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
more » ... ontained 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.
doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/2/023003 fatcat:kuz2hybl4vesplbcfoxydtyt5q