Coupled-resonator optical waveguides: Q-factor influence on slow-light propagation and the maximal group delay

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title = "Coupled-resonator optical waveguides: Q-factor influence on slow-light propagation and the maximal group delay",
keywords = "group delay, slow light, coupled-resonator optical waveguide (CROW), photonic crystal waveguides",
publisher = "European Optical Society",
author = "Søren Raza and Jure Grgic and Pedersen, {Jesper Goor} and Sanshui Xiao and Asger Mortensen",
year = "2010",
doi = "10.2971/jeos.2010.10009",
volume = "5",
pages = "10009",
journal = "European Optical Society",
issn = "1990-2573",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Coupled-resonator optical waveguides

T2 - Q-factor influence on slow-light propagation and the maximal group delay

A1 - Raza,Søren

A1 - Grgic,Jure

A1 - Pedersen,Jesper Goor

A1 - Xiao,Sanshui

A1 - Mortensen,Asger

AU - Raza,Søren

AU - Grgic,Jure

AU - Pedersen,Jesper Goor

AU - Xiao,Sanshui

AU - Mortensen,Asger

PB - European Optical Society

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - Coupled-resonator optical waveguides hold potential for slow-light propagation of optical pulses. The dispersion properties may adequately be analyzed within the framework of coupled-mode theory. We extend the standard coupled-mode theory for such structures to also include complex-valued parameters which allows us to analyze the dispersion properties also in presence of finite Q factors for the coupled resonator states. Near the band-edge the group velocity saturates at a finite value vg/c µ p1/Q while in the band center, the group velocity is unaffected by a finite Q factor as compared to ideal resonators without any damping. However, the maximal group delay that can be envisioned is a balance between having a low group velocity while not jeopardizing the propagation length. We find that the maximal group delay remains roughly constant over the entire bandwidth, being given by the photon life time tp = Q/W of the individual resonators.

AB - Coupled-resonator optical waveguides hold potential for slow-light propagation of optical pulses. The dispersion properties may adequately be analyzed within the framework of coupled-mode theory. We extend the standard coupled-mode theory for such structures to also include complex-valued parameters which allows us to analyze the dispersion properties also in presence of finite Q factors for the coupled resonator states. Near the band-edge the group velocity saturates at a finite value vg/c µ p1/Q while in the band center, the group velocity is unaffected by a finite Q factor as compared to ideal resonators without any damping. However, the maximal group delay that can be envisioned is a balance between having a low group velocity while not jeopardizing the propagation length. We find that the maximal group delay remains roughly constant over the entire bandwidth, being given by the photon life time tp = Q/W of the individual resonators.

KW - group delay

KW - slow light

KW - coupled-resonator optical waveguide (CROW)

KW - photonic crystal waveguides

U2 - 10.2971/jeos.2010.10009

DO - 10.2971/jeos.2010.10009

JO - European Optical Society

JF - European Optical Society

SN - 1990-2573

VL - 5

SP - 10009

ER -