Time-reversal of ultra-short pulses in systems with zero-width bandgaps

TYPECondensed Matter Seminar
Speaker:Yonatan Sivan
Affiliation:Imperial College London
Location:Lidow Nathan Rosen (300)


Time-reversal of pulses has a variety of applications in fields such as communication systems, acoustics, THZ- and bio-imaging as well as quantum information and computing. To date, time-reversal of optical pulses can be achieved by employing fairly complicated, band-limited and inefficient schemes, usually relying on several powerful (nonlinear) wave sources.


In my talk, I will discuss a novel approach to time-reversal of ultra-short optical pulses using special photonic structures having zero-width bandgaps and show how these systems may allow overcoming the limitations of existing schemes. I will discuss several possible systems with this property and focus on zero-gap periodic systems. I will show that simple tuning in time allows for time-reversal of ultrashort optical pulses with unprecedented simplicity and efficiency. I also suggest several specific designs for the implementation of our scheme, ways to further simplify it, and discuss several possible future directions.