We reveal that the reduction of the group velocity of light in periodic waveguides is generically associated with the presence of vortex energy flows. We show that the energy flows are gradually frozen for slow-light at the Brillouin zone edge, whereas vortices persist for slow-light states having non-vanishing phase velocity inside the Brillouin zone. We also demonstrate that presence of vortices can be linked to the absence of slow-light at the zone edge, and present calculations illustrating these general results.
|Conference||Photonics West : Advances in Slow and Fast Light II|
|City||San Jose, CA, USA|
|Period||01/01/2009 → …|
|Series||Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering|