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Photonic Metamaterials: From Random to Periodic
Grand Bahama Island Bahamas
June 5, 2006
ISBN: 1-55752-808-X
Photonics Crystals I (MC)

Tunneling through Photonic Bandgaps: A Reexamination of Superluminal Group Velocities

Herbert G. Winful

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/META.2006.MC5


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Abstract

It is widely believed that photons tunnel through bandgaps with group velocities exceeding c. Here we examine the experimental evidence and show that the measured group delays are photon lifetimes as opposed to transit times.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(240.7040) Optics at surfaces : Tunneling
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer

Citation
H. G. Winful, "Tunneling through Photonic Bandgaps: A Reexamination of Superluminal Group Velocities," in Photonic Metamaterials: From Random to Periodic, Technical Dgest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper MC5.
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=META-2006-MC5


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