Photon solid phases in driven arrays of nonlinearly coupled cavities

Jiasen Jin*, Davide Rossini, Rosario Fazio, Martin Leib, Michael J. Hartmann

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We introduce and study the properties of an array of QED cavities coupled by nonlinear elements, in the presence of photon leakage and driven by a coherent source. The nonlinear couplings lead to photon hopping and to nearest-neighbor Kerr terms. By tuning the system parameters, the steady state of the array can exhibit a photon crystal associated with a periodic modulation of the photon blockade. In some cases, the crystalline ordering may coexist with phase synchronization. The class of cavity arrays we consider can be built with superconducting circuits of existing technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number163605
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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