Experimental landau-zener tunneling for wave redirection in nonlinear waveguides

Chongan Wang, Ali Kanj, Alireza Mojahed, Sameh Tawfick, Alexander F. Vakakis

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We present an acoustic analog of the Landau-Zener-tunneling (LZT) quantum-mechanical effect and apply it for irreversible wave redirection in weakly coupled nonlinear waveguides under impulse excitation. Due to nonlinearity, LZT-induced wave redirection is passively self-tunable with energy, being realized only in a certain energy band, which can be precisely predicted by theoretical models. Apart from the macroscale experimental validation of the classical quantum LZT effect, the findings apply to a broad class of acoustical systems with nonlinearity, disorder, and weak coupling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034053
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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