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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2485–2487

Bloch oscillations in optical dissipative lattices

Nikolaos K. Efremidis and Demetrios N. Christodoulides  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 21, pp. 2485-2487 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.002485


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Abstract

We show that Bloch oscillations are possible in dissipative optical waveguide lattices with a linearly varying propagation constant. These oscillations occur in spite of the fact that the Bloch wave packet experiences coupling gain and (or) loss. Experimentally, this process can be observed in different settings, such as in laser arrays and lattices of semiconductor optical amplifiers. In addition, we demonstrate that these systems can suppress instabilities arising from preferential mode noise growth.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays

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Nikolaos K. Efremidis and Demetrios N. Christodoulides, "Bloch oscillations in optical dissipative lattices," Opt. Lett. 29, 2485-2487 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-21-2485

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