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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2013
  • pp: 8298–8310

A possible approach on optical analogues of gravitational attractors

Damián P. San-Román-Alerigi, Ahmed B. Slimane, Tien K. Ng, Mohammad Alsunaidi, and Boon S. Ooi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8298-8310 (2013)

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In this paper we report on the feasibility of light confinement in orbital geodesics on stationary, planar, and centro-symmetric refractive index mappings. Constrained to fabrication and [meta]material limitations, the refractive index, n, has been bounded to the range: 0.8 ≤ n(r⃗) ≤ 3.5. Mappings are obtained through the inverse problem to the light geodesics equations, considering trappings by generalized orbit conditions defined a priori. Our simulation results show that the above mentioned refractive index distributions trap light in an open orbit manifold, both perennial and temporal, in regards to initial conditions. Moreover, due to their characteristics, these mappings could be advantageous to optical computing and telecommunications, for example, providing an on-demand time delay or optical memories. Furthermore, beyond their practical applications to photonics, these mappings set forth an attractive realm to construct a panoply of celestial mechanics analogies and experiments in the laboratory.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(290.3200) Scattering : Inverse scattering
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering
(350.5720) Other areas of optics : Relativity
(080.5692) Geometric optics : Ray trajectories in inhomogeneous media

Original Manuscript: January 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 3, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2013
Published: March 28, 2013

Damián P. San-Román-Alerigi, Ahmed B. Slimane, Tien K. Ng, Mohammad Alsunaidi, and Boon S. Ooi, "A possible approach on optical analogues of gravitational attractors," Opt. Express 21, 8298-8310 (2013)

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