Dissipatively coupled waveguide networks for coherent diffusive photonics

Sebabrata Mukherjee, Dmitri Mogilevtsev, Gregory Ya. Slepyan, Thomas H. Doherty, Robert R. Thomson, Natalia Korolkova

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A photonic circuit is generally described as a structure in which light propagates by unitary exchange and transfers reversibly between channels. In contrast, the term ‘diffusive’ is more akin to a chaotic propagation in scattering media, where light is driven out of coherence towards a thermal mixture. Based on the dynamics of open quantum systems, the combination of these two opposites can result in novel techniques for coherent light control. The crucial feature of these photonic structures is dissipative coupling between modes, via an interaction with a common reservoir. Here, we demonstrate experimentally that such systems can perform optical equalisation to smooth multimode light, or act as a distributor, guiding it into selected channels. Quantum thermodynamically, these systems can act as catalytic coherent reservoirs by performing perfect non-Landauer erasure. For lattice structures, localised stationary states can be supported in the continuum, similar to compacton-like states in conventional flat-band lattices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1909
Number of pages6
JournalNature Communications
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017


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