Maximum time delay achievable on propagation through a slow-light medium


Journal Article

We consider the question of whether there are any fundamental limits to the maximum time delay that can be achieved for a pulse propagating through a slow-light medium. We include in our analysis what we consider to be the dominant competing effects, and we show that in principle they do not lead to a limitation on the maximum achievable time delay. From this result we conclude that, through optimization, one should be able to delay a pulse by very many pulse lengths; the ability to do so can have important implications for the use of slow-light methods for applications in photonics. © 2005 The American Physical Society.

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Cited Authors

  • Boyd, RW; Gauthier, DJ; Gaeta, AL; Willner, AE

Published Date

  • February 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 71 / 2

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1094-1622

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-2947

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevA.71.023801

Citation Source

  • Scopus