We explore the dynamics of spontaneous breakdown of mirror symmetry in a pair of identical optomechanical cavities symmetrically coupled to a waveguide. Large optical intensities enable optomechanically induced nonlinear detuning of the optical resonators, resulting in a pitchfork bifurcation. We investigate the stability of this regime and explore the possibility of inducing multistability. By injecting proper trigger pulses, the proposed structure can toggle between two asymmetric stable states, thus serving as a low-noise nanophotonic all-optical switch or memory element.

Phys. Rev. A
Photonic Forces

Miri, M.-A, Verhagen, E, & Alù, A. (2017). Optomechanically induced spontaneous symmetry breaking. Phys. Rev. A, 95(5, Article number: 053822), 1–8. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.95.053822