Controlling Light in Optically Induced Photonic Lattices

  • BerndĀ Terhalle

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bernd Terhalle
    Pages 1-4
  3. Bernd Terhalle
    Pages 21-33
  4. Bernd Terhalle
    Pages 61-85
  5. Bernd Terhalle
    Pages 87-89
  6. Bernd Terhalle
    Pages 91-98
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 99-104

About this book


Discrete periodic structures play an important role in physics, and have opened up an exciting new area of investigation in recent years. Questions relating to the control of light in such structures still represent a major challenge. It is this highly active field that is adressed in the present thesis. Using the model system of a photorefractive nonlinearity that allows one to simultaneously create and control photonic lattices by light, the author obtains a comprehensive picture of the control of nonlinear and quantum optics phenomena in photonic lattices. He describes and demonstrates experimentally for the first time resonant transitions in two-dimensional hexagonal lattices, including Rabi oscillations and Landau-Zener tunneling, as well as the direct control and exploitation of these transitions. A particular highlight of this thesis is the study of soliton-cluster switching and control of Zener tunneling.


Landau-Zener Tunneling Nonlinear Photonic Crystals Photonic Lattices Rabi Oscillations Terhalle Thesis Vortex Solitons

Authors and affiliations

  • BerndĀ Terhalle
    • 1
  1. 1., Lab. for Micro- and NanotechnologyPaul Scherrer InstitutVilligen PSISwitzerland

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-16646-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-16647-1
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