Optomechanical systems as single-photon routers Academic Article uri icon


  • We theoretically demonstrate the possibility of using nanomechanical systems as single-photon routers. We show how electromagnetically induced transparency in cavity optomechanical systems can be used to produce a switch for a probe field in a single-photon Fock state using very low pumping powers of a few microwatts. We present estimates of vacuum and thermal noise and show that the optimal performance of the single-photon switch is deteriorated by only a few percent even at temperatures of the order of 20 mK. 2012 American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., & Huang, S.

citation count

  • 150

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS||Huang, Sumei

publication date

  • February 2012