In a new paper published in JPhysB, Merav Kahn and Gilad Marcus of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem show that strong field physics and the propagation of electromagnetic waves in a curved optical waveguide can be described with the same Schrödinger Equation. As such, they propose fabricating a curved optical waveguide and using it to simulate strong field physics. They explain that this system could be used to probe wave-functions at any point, including the interesting tunneling zone, where tunnel ionization can be studied.
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Front image and image 1: taken from Merav Kahn and Gilad Marcus 2017 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 50 095004, © IOP Publishing, All Rights Reserved.