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Optomechanical nonreciprocity

The two-way symmetry of electromagnetic wave propagation can be broken effectively in optomechanical systems, enabling new devices that route photons in unconventional ways.

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Figure 1: One-way transmission in optomechanical systems.


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We thank F. Ruesink, M.-A. Miri and J. P. Mathew for discussions and we both acknowledge support from the Office of Naval Research.

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