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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2834–2836

On the use of slow light for enhancing waveguide properties

Jesper Mørk and Torben R. Nielsen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 17, pp. 2834-2836 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.002834


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Abstract

On the basis of a general analysis of waveguides containing a dispersive material, we identify conditions under which slow-light propagation may enhance the gain, absorption, or phase change. The enhancement is shown to depend on the slow-light mechanism and the translational symmetry of the waveguide. A combination of material and waveguide dispersion may strongly enhance the control of light speed, e.g., using electromagnetically induced transparency in quantum dots embedded in a photonic crystal waveguide.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.5590) Optical devices : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: December 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 4, 2010
Published: August 17, 2010

Citation
Jesper Mørk and Torben R. Nielsen, "On the use of slow light for enhancing waveguide properties," Opt. Lett. 35, 2834-2836 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-17-2834


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