Sadegh Raeisi - Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology
Non-equilibrium dynamics induced by rapid changes of external parameters is relevant for a wide range of scenarios across many domains of physics. For waves in spatially periodic systems, quenches will alter the bandstructure and generate new excitations. In the case of topological bandstructures, defect modes at boundaries can be generated or destroyed when quenching through a topological phase transition. Here, we demonstrate that optomechanical arrays are a promising platform for studying and simulating such dynamics, as their bandstructure can be tuned temporally by a control laser. We study the creation of nonequilibrium optical and mechanical excitations in 1D arrays, including a bosonic version of the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model. These ideas can be transferred to other systems such as driven nonlinear cavity arrays.
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