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Slow and fast light in coupled microresonators
Author(s): Hongrok Chang; David D. Smith; Kirk A. Fuller; John O. Dimmock; Don A. Gregory; Donald O. Frazier
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Paper Abstract

We predict the propagation of slow and fast light in two co-resonant coupled optical resonators. In coupled resonators, slow light can propagate without attenuation by a cancellation of absorption as a result of mode splitting and destructive interference, whereas transparent fast light propagation can be achieved by the assistance of gain and splitting of the intracavity resonances, which consequently change the dispersion from normal to anomalous. The effective steady-state response of coupled-resonators is derived using the temporal coupled-mode formalism, and the absorptive and dispersive responses are described. Specifically, the occurrence of slow light via coupled-resonator-induced transparency and gain-assisted fast light are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5735, Advanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing II, (4 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.601659
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Hongrok Chang, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David D. Smith, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Kirk A. Fuller, National Space Science and Technology Ctr. (United States)
John O. Dimmock, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Don A. Gregory, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Donald O. Frazier, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5735:
Advanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing II
Hans J. Coufal; Zameer U. Hasan; Alan E. Craig, Editor(s)

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