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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 15342–15350

Slow to superluminal light waves in thin 3D photonic crystals

J.F. Galisteo-López, M. Galli, A. Balestreri, M. Patrini, L.C. Andreani, and C. López  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 15342-15350 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.015342


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Abstract

Phase measurements on self-assembled three-dimensional photonic crystals show that the group velocity of light can flip from small positive (slow) to negative (superluminal) values in samples of a few μm size. This phenomenon takes place in a narrow spectral range around the second-order stop band and follows from coupling to weakly dispersive photonic bands associated with multiple Bragg diffraction. The observations are well accounted for by theoretical calculations of the phase delay and of photonic states in the finite-sized systems.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

History
Original Manuscript: September 17, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 23, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2007
Published: November 2, 2007

Citation
J. F. Galisteo-López, M. Galli, A. Balestreri, M. Patrini, L. C. Andreani, and C. López, "Slow to superluminal light waves in thin 3D photonic crystals," Opt. Express 15, 15342-15350 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-23-15342


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