Localization control of few-photon states in parity-symmetric 'photonic molecules' under balanced pumping

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© 2018 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd on behalf of Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. We theoretically investigate the problem of localization control of few-photon states in driven-dissipative parity-symmetric photonic molecules. Photonic molecules are multi-cavity photonic systems. We show that a quantum feedback loop can utilize the information of the spontaneously-emitted photons from each cavity to induce asymmetric photon population in the cavities, while maintaining a balanced pump that respects parity symmetry. To better understand the system's behavior, we characterize the degree of asymmetry as a function of the coupling between the two optical cavities. Contrary to intuitive expectations, we find that in some regimes the coupling can enhance the population asymmetry. We also show that these results are robust against experimental imperfections and limitations such as detection efficiency.

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New Journal of Physics