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Slowing light with Fabry-Perot resonator arrays

Poon, Joyce K. S. and Chak, Philip and Choi, John M. and Yariv, Amnon (2007) Slowing light with Fabry-Perot resonator arrays. Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 24 (11). pp. 2763-2769. ISSN 0740-3224. doi:10.1364/JOSAB.24.002763.

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We analyze the transmission of light through coupled-resonator optical waveguides in the form of evanescently coupled Fabry-Perot resonator arrays. We develop a transfer matrix method to calculate the amplitude and phase responses of the arrays. We also discuss the inclusion of optical gain in the system to compensate for losses in these structures. Owing to the compact length along the propagation direction in evanescently coupled arrays, large slowing factors of the order of 10^2-10^3 can be achieved even with a weak index contrast of ∼0.1%. The large slowing factor, coupled with weak index contrast, makes this structure a promising candidate for artificial slow light system.

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Additional Information:© 2007 Optical Society of America. Received May 2, 2007; revised August 3, 2007; accepted September 4, 2007; posted September 10, 2007 (Doc. ID 82648); published October 1, 2007. J. Poon and P. Chak are grateful for the support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. J. Choi thanks the U.S. Department of Defense and the American Society for Engineering Education for their support. Financial support from the National Science Foundation (award 0438038) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Slow Light Project) are gratefully acknowledged.
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
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Subject Keywords:Guided waves; Optical resonators
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Official Citation:J. K. S. Poon, P. Chak, J. M. Choi, and A. Yariv, "Slowing light with Fabry-Perot resonator arrays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2763-2769 (2007)
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