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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2279–2286

Single-photon propagation through dielectric bandgaps

Natalia Borjemscaia, Sergey V. Polyakov, Paul D. Lett, and Alan Migdall  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 2279-2286 (2010)

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Theoretical models of photon traversal through quarter-wave dielectric stack barriers that arise due to Bragg reflection predict the saturation of the propagation time with the barrier length, known as the Hartman effect. This saturation is sensitive to the addition of single dielectric layers, varying significantly from sub-luminal to apparently super-luminal and vice versa. Our research tests the suitability of photonic bandgaps as an optical model for the tunneling process. Of particular importance is our observation of subtle structural changes in dielectric stacks drastically affecting photon traversal times, allowing for apparent sub- and super-luminal effects. We also introduce a simple model to link HOM visibility to wavepacket distortion that allows us to exclude this as a possible cause of the loss of contrast in the barrier penetration process.

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OCIS Codes
(240.7040) Optics at surfaces : Tunneling
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: October 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2010
Published: January 21, 2010

Natalia Borjemscaia, Sergey V. Polyakov, Paul D. Lett, and Alan Migdall, "Single-photon propagation through dielectric bandgaps," Opt. Express 18, 2279-2286 (2010)

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