Engineered optical waveguide structures with a controlled photon tunneling rate are shown to provide an experimentally accessible optical system to test universal features of dynamic control of quantum mechanical decay [Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 270405 (2001)] . Examples of deceleration and acceleration of photon tunneling, as well as of suppression of fractional decay, are presented for a periodically curved waveguide coupled to a semi-infinite waveguide array.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 2, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2006
Published: February 2, 2007
Stefano Longhi, "Control of photon tunneling in optical waveguides," Opt. Lett. 32, 557-559 (2007)