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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 10 — Nov. 5, 2001
  • pp: 506–518

Role of group velocity in tracking field energy in linear dielectrics

M. Ware, S. A. Glasgow, and J. Peatross  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 9, Issue 10, pp. 506-518 (2001)

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A new context for the group delay function (valid for pulses of arbitrary bandwidth) is presented for electromagnetic pulses propagating in a uniform linear dielectric medium. The traditional formulation of group velocity is recovered by taking a narrowband limit of this generalized context. The arrival time of a light pulse at a point in space is defined using a time expectation integral over the Poynting vector. The delay between pulse arrival times at two distinct points consists of two parts: a spectral superposition of group delays and a delay due to spectral reshaping via absorption or amplification. The use of the new context is illustrated for pulses propagating both superluminally and subluminally. The inevitable transition to subluminal behavior for any initially superluminal pulse is also demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

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Original Manuscript: September 19, 2001
Published: November 5, 2001

Michael Ware, S. Glasgow, and Justin Peatross, "Role of group velocity in tracking field energy in linear dielectrics," Opt. Express 9, 506-518 (2001)

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