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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 6 — Mar. 17, 2008
  • pp: 3762–3767

Experimental demonstration of the optical Zeno effect by scanning tunneling optical microscopy

P. Biagioni, G. Della Valle, M. Ornigotti, M. Finazzi, L. Duò, P. Laporta, and S. Longhi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 6, pp. 3762-3767 (2008)

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An experimental demonstration of a classical analogue of the quantum Zeno effect for light waves propagating in engineered arrays of tunneling-coupled optical waveguides is reported. Quantitative mapping of the flow of light, based on scanning tunneling optical microscopy, clearly demonstrates that the escape dynamics of light in an optical waveguide side-coupled to a tight-binding continuum is slowed down when projective measurements, mimicked by sequential interruptions of the decay, are performed on the system.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.1600) General : Classical and quantum physics
(080.1238) Geometric optics : Array waveguide devices
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

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Original Manuscript: February 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2008
Published: March 6, 2008

P. Biagioni, G. Della Valle, M. Ornigotti, M. Finazzi, L. Duò, P. Laporta, and S. Longhi, "Experimental demonstration of the optical Zeno effect by scanning tunneling optical microscopy," Opt. Express 16, 3762-3767 (2008)

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