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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2009
  • pp: 718–724

Dark modes, slow modes, and coupling in multimode systems

H. Benisty  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 718-724 (2009)

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We present general aspects of coupling among two or more families of modes with a view to deepen the insight on so-called “dark modes.” We first review the relationship of dark modes, “coherent population trapping,” “rotating wave approximation,” “coupled-mode theory,” and a few related concepts. The approach we emphasize is related either to inhomogeneous light–matter strong coupling or to the variety of multimode coupled systems designed for slowing down light or for filtering light. Some semantic caveats are discussed, notably down to what can be termed “dark” and “bright” in as simple a system as a distributed Bragg reflector case. A generic “ N F ” classification simply states that whatever the total number N of modes, the key point is the number N F of “prediagonal” families, since the number N b of bright modes is simply N F leaving N d = N N F dark modes.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: October 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2008
Published: March 17, 2009

H. Benisty, "Dark modes, slow modes, and coupling in multimode systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 718-724 (2009)

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