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Optomechanical Dirac physics

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Schmidt,  M.
Russell Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Marquardt,  F.
Marquardt Group, Associated Groups, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Schmidt, M., Peano, V., & Marquardt, F. (2015). Optomechanical Dirac physics. NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, 17: 023025. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/17/2/023025.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-6418-D
Abstract
Recent progress in optomechanical systems may soon allow the realization of optomechanical arrays, i.e. periodic arrangements of interacting optical and vibrational modes. We show that photons and phonons on a honeycomb lattice will produce an optically tunable Dirac-type band structure. Transport in such a system can exhibit transmission through an optically created barrier, similar to Klein tunneling, but with interconversion between light and sound. In addition, edge states at the sample boundaries are dispersive and enable controlled propagation of photon-phonon polaritons.