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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2011
  • pp: G113–G117

Slow pulses in disordered photonic-crystal waveguides

Simon Mazoyer, Alexandre Baron, Jean-Paul Hugonin, Philippe Lalanne, and Andrea Melloni  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 31, pp. G113-G117 (2011)

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Using a 3D fully-vectorial coupled Bloch-mode method, we present a systematic study of the transport of slow-light pulses in single-mode photonic-crystal waveguides (PhCW) with a realistic disorder model. For the intermediate regime corresponding to waveguide lengths of the order of the mean-free path ( 3 dB attenuation), we show that the group-velocity has a strong impact on the pulse broadening and distortion, limiting the practical use of PhCW to group indices below 50 . For smaller group velocities, the pulse experiences an additional delay and the group-velocity is no longer a meaningful quantity.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5770) Coherence and statistical optics : Roughness
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides

Original Manuscript: July 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 7, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2011
Published: October 25, 2011

Simon Mazoyer, Alexandre Baron, Jean-Paul Hugonin, Philippe Lalanne, and Andrea Melloni, "Slow pulses in disordered photonic-crystal waveguides," Appl. Opt. 50, G113-G117 (2011)

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