INSTITUTE OF APPLIED PHYSICS - Quantum-Optical Analogies

Quantum-Optical Analogies

Photonic lattices fabricated by femtosecond laser inscription [Appl. Phys. A 77, 109 (2003)] provide a unique tool for the study of discrete phenomena [J. Phys. B 43, 163001 (2010)]. We take advantage of the mathematical equivalence of these waveguide arrays to solid state and quantum mechanical systems to study fundamental effects which elude observation in their conventional settings. Prominent examples are Bloch Oscillations [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 076802 (2009)], Dynamic Localization [Nature Phys. 5, 271 (2009)], Zeno/Anti-Zeno dynamics [Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 143602 (2008)], quantum random walks in Glauber Fock lattices [Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 103601 (2011)], and even non-hermitian wave evolution [Nature Commun. 4, 2533 (2013)].

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