Abstract

An optical analog of Zitterbewegung (ZB), i.e., of the trembling motion of Dirac electrons caused by the interference between positive and negative energy states, is proposed for spatial beam propagation in binary waveguide arrays. In this optical system the ZB is simply observable as a quiver spatial oscillatory motion of the beam center of mass around its mean trajectory.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Plasmonic analogs of Zitterbewegung in nanoscale metal waveguide arrays

Shulin Ding and Guo Ping Wang
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31(3) 603-606 (2014)

Optical simulation of charge conservation violation and Majorana dynamics

Robert Keil, Changsuk Noh, Amit Rai, Simon St├╝tzer, Stefan Nolte, Dimitris G. Angelakis, and Alexander Szameit
Optica 2(5) 454-459 (2015)

Composite multi-vortex diffraction-free beams and van-Hove singularities in honeycomb lattices

Vassilis Paltoglou, Zhigang Chen, and Nikolaos K. Efremidis
Opt. Lett. 40(6) 1037-1040 (2015)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (3)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (7)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription