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  • Vol. 34, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2009
  • pp: 3869–3871

Compensating loss with gain in slow-light propagation along slab waveguide with anisotropic metamaterial cladding

Tian Jiang, Qi Zhang, and Yijun Feng  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 24, pp. 3869-3871 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.003869


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Abstract

We explore slow-light propagation in a dielectric slab waveguide with anisotropic metamaterial cladding, which could be realized through multilayer structure with alternating metal and dielectric films. We show that although the loss in the realistic metamaterial will destroy the zero-energy velocity condition, the loss effect can be fully compensated by incorporating gain in the core material, which recovers the stopping and storing of light propagation in the waveguide. We demonstrate full-wave electromagnetic simulations on the realistic waveguide that validate our theoretical analysis.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(230.7400) Optical devices : Waveguides, slab
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.3618) Other areas of optics : Left-handed materials
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: August 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 29, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 2009
Published: December 10, 2009

Citation
Tian Jiang, Qi Zhang, and Yijun Feng, "Compensating loss with gain in slow-light propagation along slab waveguide with anisotropic metamaterial cladding," Opt. Lett. 34, 3869-3871 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-24-3869


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