Trapped Rainbow Storage of Light in Metamaterials

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We review recent theoretical and experimental breakthroughs in the realm of slow and stopped light in structured photonic media featuring negative electromagnetic parameters (permittivity/permeability and/or refractive index). We explain how and why these structures can enable complete stopping of light even in the presence of disorder and, simultaneously, dissipative losses. Using full-wave numerical simulations we show that the incorporation of thin layers made of an active medium adjacently to the core layer of a negative-refractive-index waveguide can completely remove dissipative losses – in a slow-light regime where the effective index of the guided wave is negative.

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Pietro VINCENZINI, David S. GINLEY, Giovanni BRUNO, Attilio RIGAMONTI and Nikolay ZHELUDEV

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256-265

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10.4028/www.scientific.net/AST.75.256

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O. Hess and K. L. Tsakmakidis, "Trapped Rainbow Storage of Light in Metamaterials", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 75, pp. 256-265, 2010

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October 2010

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