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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3716–3719

Zak phase of photons in optical waveguide lattices

Stefano Longhi  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 19, pp. 3716-3719 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.003716


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Abstract

Zak phase, that is, the Berry phase acquired during an adiabatic motion of a Bloch particle across the Brillouin zone, provides a measure of the topological invariant of Bloch bands in one-dimensional crystalline potentials. Here a photonic structure, based on engineered lattices of evanescently coupled optical waveguides, is proposed to detect Zak phase difference of photons undergoing Bloch oscillations in topologically distinct Bloch bands of dimerized superlattices.

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OCIS Codes
(000.1600) General : Classical and quantum physics
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(350.1370) Other areas of optics : Berry's phase
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: July 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2013
Published: September 17, 2013

Citation
Stefano Longhi, "Zak phase of photons in optical waveguide lattices," Opt. Lett. 38, 3716-3719 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-19-3716


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