Volume 76, Number 3, November 2006
|Page(s)||416 - 421|
|Section||Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics|
|Published online||11 October 2006|
Optical Zener-Bloch oscillations in binary waveguide arrays
Dipartimento di Fisica and Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie del CNR Politecnico di Milano - Piazza L. da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano, Italy
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 18 September 2006
Zener tunneling in a binary array of coupled optical waveguides with transverse index gradient is shown to produce a sequence of regular or irregular beam splitting and beam recombination events superimposed to Bloch oscillations. These periodic or aperiodic Zener-Bloch oscillations provide a clear and visualizable signature in an optical system of coherent multiband dynamics encountered in solid-state or matter-wave systems.
PACS: 42.82.Et – Waveguides, couplers, and arrays / 42.65.Sf – Dynamics of nonlinear optical systems; optical instabilities, optical chaos and complexity, and optical spatio-temporal dynamics
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