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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(4): 044101    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/4/044101
ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS Prev   Next  

Electromagnetic Bloch oscillation in one-dimensional multiple microcavities composed of metamaterials

Wang Tong-Biaoa, Liu Nian-Huab, Yu Tian-Baoa, Deng Xin-Huaa, Xu Xu-Minga, Liao Qing-Huaa
a Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China;
b Institute for Advanced Study, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China
Abstract  We propose a photonic structure stacked sequentially by one-dimensional photonic crystals and cavities. The whole structure is composed of single-negative and double-negative materials. The optical Wannier-Stark ladder (WSL) can be obtained in a low frequency region by modulating the widths of the cavities in order. We simulate the dynamical behavior of the electromagnetic wave passing through the proposed photonic structure. Due to the dispersive characteristics of the metamaterials, a very narrow WSL can be obtained. The long-period electromagnetic Bloch oscillation is demonstrated theoretically to have a period on a microsecond time scale.
Keywords:  Bloch oscillation      metamaterial  
Received:  07 August 2013      Revised:  09 September 2013      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  41.20.Jb (Electromagnetic wave propagation; radiowave propagation)  
  78.67.Pt (Multilayers; superlattices; photonic structures; metamaterials)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11264029, 11264030, and 11304144), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province, China (Grant No. 20114BAB212005), and the Natural Science Foundation of Education Department of Jiangxi Province, China (Grant No. GJJ12139).
Corresponding Authors:  Wang Tong-Biao     E-mail:  tbwang@ncu.edu.cn
About author:  41.20.jb; 78.67.pt

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Wang Tong-Biao, Liu Nian-Hua, Yu Tian-Bao, Deng Xin-Hua, Xu Xu-Ming, Liao Qing-Hua Electromagnetic Bloch oscillation in one-dimensional multiple microcavities composed of metamaterials 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 044101

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