We investigate Landau–Zener tunneling in one-dimensional liquid crystalline waveguide arrays by all-optical impression of acceleration with an additional beam. We derive the Zener model from the governing equations and demonstrate a novel approach to Floquet–Bloch band tunneling.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 14, 2005
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 15, 2005
Andrea Fratalocchi, Gaetano Assanto, Kasia A. Brzdakiewicz, and Mirek A. Karpierz, "Optically induced Zener tunneling in one-dimensional lattices," Opt. Lett. 31, 790-792 (2006)