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Trapped rainbow storage of light in metamaterials
Author(s): Kosmas L. Tsakmakidis; Edmund I. Kirby; Joachim Hamm; Ortwin Hess
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Paper Abstract

We review recent theoretical and experimental in progress in the realisation of slow and stopped light by the 'trapped rainbow' principle in optical metamaterials featuring negative electromagnetic parameters (permittivity/permeability and/or refractive index). We explain how and why these structures can enable complete stopping of light even in the presence of disorder and, simultaneously, dissipative losses. Using full-wave numerical simulations we show that the incorporation of thin layers made of an active medium adjacently to the core layer of a negative-refractive-index waveguide can completely remove dissipative losses - in a slow-light regime where the effective index of the guided wave is negative.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7711, Metamaterials V, 77111C (29 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855120
Show Author Affiliations
Kosmas L. Tsakmakidis, Univ. of Surrey (United Kingdom)
Edmund I. Kirby, Univ. of Surrey (United Kingdom)
Joachim Hamm, Univ. of Surrey (United Kingdom)
Ortwin Hess, Univ. of Surrey (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7711:
Metamaterials V
Nigel P. Johnson; Ekmel Özbay; Richard W. Ziolkowski; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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