Landau-Zener tunnelling is discussed in connection with optical waveguide arrays. Light injected in a specific band of the Bloch spectrum in the propagation constant can be transmitted to another band, changing its physical properties. This can be achieved using two coupled waveguide arrays with different refractive indices. The step in the refractive index causes wave ``acceleration" and thus induces strongly non adiabatic Landau-Zener tunnelling. Theoretically, the analysis is performed by considering a Schroedinger equation in a periodic potential with a step. The region of physical parameters where this phenomenon can occur is analytically determined and a realistic experimental setup is suggested. Its application could allow the realization of light filters.
|Titolo:||Nonadiabatic Landau-Zener Tunneling in Waveguide Arrays with a Step in the Refractive Index|
|Autori:||KHOMERIKI R.; S. RUFFO|
|Rivista:||PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.113904|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|