Light that appears to come from a source that does not exist

Itamar Stern, Yakov Bloch, Einav Grynszpan, Merav Kahn, Yakir Aharonov, Justin Dressel, Eliahu Cohen, John C. Howell

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Superoscillatory, band-limited functions oscillate faster than their fastest Fourier component. Superoscillations have been intensively explored recently as they give rise to many out-of-the-spectrum phenomena entailing both fundamental and applied significance. We experimentally demonstrate a form of superoscillations which is manifested by light apparently coming from a source located far away from the actual one. These superoscillations are sensed through sharp transverse shifts in the local wave vector at the minima of a pinhole diffraction pattern. We call this phenomenon "optical ventriloquism."

Original languageEnglish
Article number012206
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024


FundersFunder number
Fetzer Franklin Fund
Fetzer-Franklin Fund of the John E. Fetzer Memorial TrustFQXi-RFP-CPW-2006
Quantum Science and Technology Program of the Israeli Council of Higher Education
Army Research OfficeW911NF-22-1-0258
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Foundational Questions Institute
Chapman University
Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation
Hebrew University of Jerusalem828946
Ministry of Science and Technology, Israel
PAZY Foundation
Israel Innovation Authority73795


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