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Phys Rev Lett. 2004 Dec 3;93(23):233903. Epub 2004 Dec 1.

Stopping light in a waveguide with an all-optical analog of electromagnetically induced transparency.

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  • 1Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

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  • Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Apr 6;98(14):149901.


We introduce a new all-optical mechanism that can compress the bandwidth of light pulses to absolute zero, and bring them to a complete stop. The mechanism can be realized in a system consisting of a waveguide side coupled to tunable resonators, which generates a photonic band structure that represents a classical analogue of the electromagnetically induced transparency. The same system can also achieve a time-reversal operation. We demonstrate the operation of such a system by finite-difference time-domain simulations of an implementation in photonic crystals.

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