29 April 2010 Trapped rainbow storage of light in metamaterials
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We review recent theoretical and experimental in progress in the realisation of slow and stopped light by the 'trapped rainbow' principle in optical metamaterials 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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Kosmas L. Tsakmakidis, Kosmas L. Tsakmakidis, Edmund I. Kirby, Edmund I. Kirby, Joachim Hamm, Joachim Hamm, Ortwin Hess, Ortwin Hess, } "Trapped rainbow storage of light in metamaterials", Proc. SPIE 7711, Metamaterials V, 77111C (29 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855120; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.855120

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