We consider light tunneling inhibition in a periodic array of optical couplers due to the specially designed longitudinal and transverse modulation of the refractive index. We show that local out-of-phase longitudinal modulation of refractive index in channels of directional couplers in combination with the global refractive index modulation between adjacent couplers allow simultaneous suppression of both local and global energy tunneling inside each coupler and between adjacent couplers. This enables the localization of light in single waveguide despite the remarkable difference of corresponding local and global energy tunneling rates.
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Original Manuscript: November 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 28, 2009
Published: January 14, 2010
Yaroslav V. Kartashov and Victor A. Vysloukh, "Light tunneling inhibition in array of couplers with longitudinal refractive index modulation," Opt. Lett. 35, 205-207 (2010)