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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 14 — Jul. 4, 2011
  • pp: 13636–13646

Anderson localization in optical waveguide arrays with off-diagonal coupling disorder

Lane Martin, Giovanni Di Giuseppe, Armando Perez-Leija, Robert Keil, Felix Dreisow, Matthias Heinrich, Stefan Nolte, Alexander Szameit, Ayman F. Abouraddy, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Bahaa E. A. Saleh  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 14, pp. 13636-13646 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.013636


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Abstract

We report on the observation of Anderson wave localization in one-dimensional waveguide arrays with off-diagonal disorder. The waveguide elements are inscribed in silica glass, and a uniform random distribution of coupling parameters is achieved by a precise variation of the relative waveguide positions. In the absence of disorder we observe ballistic transport as expected from discrete diffraction in periodic arrays. When off-diagonal disorder is deliberately introduced into the array we observe Anderson localization. The strength of the localization signature increases with higher levels of disorder.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2011
Published: June 29, 2011

Citation
Lane Martin, Giovanni Di Giuseppe, Armando Perez-Leija, Robert Keil, Felix Dreisow, Matthias Heinrich, Stefan Nolte, Alexander Szameit, Ayman F. Abouraddy, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Bahaa E. A. Saleh, "Anderson localization in optical waveguide arrays with off-diagonal coupling disorder," Opt. Express 19, 13636-13646 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-14-13636


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