Abstract

In this work, we theoretically study the quantum correlations present in an optomechanical system by invoking an additional cross-Kerr-type coupling between the optical and mechanical modes. Under experimentally achievable conditions, we first show that a significant enhancement of the steady-state entanglement could be achieved at a considerably lower driving power, which is also extremely robust with respect to the system parameters and environmental temperature. We then employ Gaussian quantum discord (QD) as a more genuine measure of the quantumness of the correlation. We find that in the presence of cross-Kerr nonlinearity, QD becomes more robust and survives up to a much higher number of thermal phonons as compared to the optomechanical entanglement.

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