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Symmetry breaking in networks of nonlinear cavities

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Abstract

We demonstrate symmetry breaking in ring-like networks composed of three and four coupled nonlinear cavities such as photonic crystal resonators. With coupled mode theory we derive analytical conditions for the appearance of asymmetric states. The rich dynamical behavior is further demonstrated by time-domain calculations, which show a cyclical switching action that is useful for multi-stable all-optical flip-flops.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

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