Bloch oscillations and Zener tunneling in two-dimensional photonic lattices. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report on the first experimental observation of photonic Bloch oscillations and Zener tunneling in two-dimensional periodic systems. We study the propagation of an optical beam in a square lattice superimposed on a refractive index ramp. We observe oscillations of the beam inside the first Brilloin zone and tunneling of light from the first to the higher-order bands of the lattice band gap spectrum.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Trompeter, H., Krolikowski, W., Neshev, D. N., Desyatnikov, A. S., Sukhorukov, A. A., Kivshar, Y. S., ... Lederer, F.

citation count

  • 239

complete list of authors

  • Trompeter, Henrike||Krolikowski, Wieslaw||Neshev, Dragomir N||Desyatnikov, Anton S||Sukhorukov, Andrey A||Kivshar, Yuri S||Pertsch, Thomas||Peschel, Ulf||Lederer, Falk

publication date

  • February 2006