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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2009
  • pp: 626–628

Fast and slow light in zigzag microring resonator chains

P. Chamorro-Posada and F. J. Fraile-Pelaez  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 5, pp. 626-628 (2009)

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We analyze fast- and slow-light transmission in a zigzag microring resonator chain. In the superluminal case, a new light-transmission effect is found whereby the input optical pulse is reproduced in an almost-simultaneous manner at the various system outputs. When the input carrier is tuned to a different frequency, the system permits to slow down the propagating optical signal. Between these two extreme cases, the relative delay can be tuned within a broad range. We propose, and analyze numerically, a laser-array configuration for the stable operation of active devices.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: November 10, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 30, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 13, 2009
Published: February 24, 2009

P. Chamorro-Posada and F. J. Fraile-Pelaez, "Fast and slow light in zigzag microring resonator chains," Opt. Lett. 34, 626-628 (2009)

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