International Workshop on Theoretical and Computational Nano-Photonics (TaCoNa-Photonics 2010)

Mo, 01.11.2010 00:00  –   Fr, 05.11.2010 00:00
Kurt Busch, Universität Karlsruhe, Dmitry N. Chigrin, Universität Wuppertal, Torsten Meier, Universität Paderborn
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Torsten Meier,


The ability to coherently store and retrieve optical information in a rapidly tunable manner is an important ingredient for all-optical information processing. In the classical domain, this optical buffering is necessary to manage information flow in complex networks. In quantum information processing, such a system can also serve as a long-term memory capable of storing 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 reversibly mapped into long-lived mechanical vibrations in the array. This technique enables large bandwidths and long storage and delay times in a compact, on-chip platform.