Seminar: “Modelling Relativistic Quantum Mechanics in Optical Waveguiding Structures”, Alexander Szameit
Thursday, January 26, 2012 / 2-3pm
University of Jena – Department of Applied Physics
Simulating the evolution of a non-relativistic quantum mechanical particle in a periodic potential by propagating an optical wave packet in arrays of evanescently coupled waveguides has received continuous and increasing attention in recent years. It is thereby a common belief that the use of optical waveguides as a model system for quantum mechanics carries the intrinsic drawback of being limited to non-relativistic phenomena and that the observation of optical analogues of relativistic phenomena requires subwavelength structured media like photonic crystals or metamaterials.
In my presentation we will give an overview on the recent progress of simulating the evolution of relativistic wave packets in a classical optical system. Specific focus is thereby given on (1) planar superlattice waveguide arrays and (2) honeycomb photonic lattices – also called photonic graphen, that allow the classical simulation of the relativistic Dirac equation.
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Professor of Optics/ Provost's Research Enhancement Position (PREP)
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