Abstract

The interaction of optical and mechanical degrees of freedom can lead to several interesting effects. A prominent example is the phenomenon of optomechanically induced transparency (OMIT), in which mechanical movements induce a narrow transparency window in the spectrum of an optical mode. In this Letter, we demonstrate the relevance of optomechanical topological insulators for achieving OMIT. More specifically, we show that the strong interaction between optical and mechanical edge modes of a one-dimensional topological optomechanical crystal can render the system transparent within a very narrow frequency range. Since the topology of a system cannot be changed by slight to moderate levels of disorder, the achieved transparency is robust against geometrical perturbations. This is in sharp contrast to trivial OMIT which has a strong dependency on the geometry of the optomechanical system. Our findings hold promise for a wide range of applications such as filtering, signal processing, and slow-light devices.

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