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Faster-than-light effects and negative group delays in optics and electronics, and their applications
Author(s): Raymond Y. Chiao; Jandir Miguel Hickmann; Daniel Solli
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Paper Abstract

Recent manifestations of apparently faster-than-light effects confirmed our predictions that the group velocity in transparent optical media can exceed c. Special relativity is not violated by these phenomena. Moreover, in the electronic domain, the causality principle does not forbid negative group delays of analytic signals in electronic circuits, in which the peak of an output pulse leaves the exit port of a circuit before the peak of the input pulse enters the input port. Furthermore, pulse distortion for these 'superluminal' analytic signal scan be negligible in both the optical and electronic domains. Here we suggest an extension of these ideas to the microelectronic domain. The underlying principle is that negative feedback can be used to produce negative group delays. Such negative group delay scan be used to cancel out the positive group delays due to 'transistor latency' as well as the 'propagation delays' due to the interconnects between transistors. Using this principle, it is possible to speed up computer systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4283, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices IX, (9 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.432562
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Raymond Y. Chiao, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Jandir Miguel Hickmann, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Daniel Solli, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4283:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices IX
Yasuhiko Arakawa; Peter Blood; Marek Osinski, Editor(s)

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