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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1339–1343

Photonic Bloch–dipole–Zener oscillations in binary parabolic optical waveguide arrays

Ming Jie Zheng, Yun San Chan, and Kin Wah Yu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 5, pp. 1339-1343 (2011)

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We have studied the propagation and Zener tunneling of light in a binary parabolic optical waveguide array (BPOWA), which consists of two evanescently coupled dissimilar optical waveguides. Because of Bragg reflections, the BPOWA attains two minibands separated by a minigap at the zone boundary. Various coherent superpositions of optical oscillations and Zener tunneling occur for different parameters on the phase diagram. In particular, Bloch–Zener oscillation and a different type of Bloch–dipole–Zener oscillation are obtained by field-evolution analysis. The results may have potential applications in optical splitting and waveguiding devices and may shed light on the coherent phenomena in optical lattices.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 18, 2011
Published: April 29, 2011

Ming Jie Zheng, Yun San Chan, and Kin Wah Yu, "Photonic Bloch–dipole–Zener oscillations in binary parabolic optical waveguide arrays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 1339-1343 (2011)

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