Bohmian Photonics for Independent Control of the Phase and Amplitude of Waves

Sunkyu Yu, Xianji Piao, Namkyoo Park

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The de Broglie-Bohm theory is one of the nonstandard interpretations of quantum phenomena that focuses on reintroducing definite positions of particles, in contrast to the indeterminism of the Copenhagen interpretation. In spite of intense debate on its measurement and nonlocality, the de Broglie-Bohm theory based on the reformulation of the Schrödinger equation allows for the description of quantum phenomena as deterministic trajectories embodied in the modified Hamilton-Jacobi mechanics. Here, we apply the Bohmian reformulation to Maxwell's equations to achieve the independent manipulation of optical phase evolution and energy confinement. After establishing the deterministic design method based on the Bohmian approach, we investigate the condition of optical materials enabling scattering-free light with bounded or random phase evolutions. We also demonstrate a unique form of optical confinement and annihilation that preserves the phase information of incident light. Our separate tailoring of wave information extends the notion and range of artificial materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number193902
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - 9 May 2018


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