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Title: Experimental Observation of a Photon Bouncing Ball

An optical analogue of a quantum particle bouncing on a hard surface under the influence of gravity (a quantum bouncer) is experimentally demonstrated using a circularly curved optical waveguide. Spatially resolved tunneling optical microscopy measurements of multiple beam reflections at the waveguide edge clearly show the appearance of wave packet collapses and revivals (either integer and fractional), corresponding to the full quantum regime of the quantum bouncer.
Authors:
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  1. Dipartimento di Fisica and Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie del CNR, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano (Italy)
  2. LNESS, Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano (Italy)
  3. Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie del CNR, sezione di Roma, Via Cineto Romano 42, I-00156 Roma (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21316673
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letters; Journal Volume: 102; Journal Issue: 18; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.180402; (c) 2009 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; GRAVITATION; OPTICAL MICROSCOPY; PHOTONS; REFLECTION; TUNNEL EFFECT; WAVE PACKETS; WAVEGUIDES