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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2752–2754

Harmonic oscillation in a spatially finite array waveguide

R. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 23, pp. 2752-2754 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.002752


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Abstract

A waveguide array is presented that behaves as an oscillator, showing periodic image reconstruction, focusing, and transverse wave-packet oscillation. The oscillator has a finite width, which removes the need for premature truncation. The array waveguide oscillator shows properties analogous to those of a pedagogically important one-dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator, which are fundamentally different from previously demonstrated oscillations in Wannier–Stark waveguide arrays. Calculations of the entire array waveguide oscillator are presented that quantify higher-order corrections to the coupled-mode approach. These results can be extended to waveguide oscillators in other systems, such as electrons in superlattices.

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(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves

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R. Gordon, "Harmonic oscillation in a spatially finite array waveguide," Opt. Lett. 29, 2752-2754 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-23-2752


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