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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2973–2986

Fast light generation through velocity manipulation in two vertically-stacked ring resonators

C. Ciminelli, C. E. Campanella, F. Dell’Olio, and M. N. Armenise  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 2973-2986 (2010)

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Speed manipulation of optical pulses is a very attractive research challenge enabling next-generation high-capacity all-optical communication networks. Pulses can be effectively slowed by using different integrated optical structures such as coupled-resonator waveguiding structures or photonic crystal cavities. Fast light generation by means of integrated photonic devices is currently a quite unexplored research field in spite of its crucial importance for all-optical pulse processing. In this paper, we report on the first theoretical demonstration of fast light generation in an ultra-compact double vertical stacked ring resonator coupled to a bus waveguide. Periodic coupling between the two rings leads to splitting and recombining of symmetric and anti-symmetric resonant modes. Re-established degenerate modes can form when a symmetric and an anti-symmetric mode having different resonance order exhibit the same resonance wavelength. Under degenerate mode conditions, wide wavelength ranges where the group velocity is negative or larger than the speed of light in vacuum are generated. The paper proves how this physical effect can be exploited to design fast light resonant devices. Moreover, conditions are also derived to obtain slow light operation regime.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(230.7020) Optical devices : Traveling-wave devices
(230.4555) Optical devices : Coupled resonators
(130.3990) Integrated optics : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 15, 2010
Published: January 27, 2010

C. Ciminelli, C. E. Campanella, F. Dell’Olio, and M. N. Armenise, "Fast light generation through velocity manipulation in two vertically-stacked ring resonators," Opt. Express 18, 2973-2986 (2010)

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