What are the limits to the time delay achievable using "slow- light" methods

Robert W. Boyd, Nick Lepeshkin, Aaron Schweinsberg, Petros Zerom, George Gehring, Giovanni Piredda, Zhimin Shi, Heedeuk Shin, Q. Han Park

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Practical applications of slow light methods require that one be able to controllably delay a pulse of light by many pulse lengths. In this contribution we analyze the possible limitations to the maximum achievable time delay and suggest methods for overcoming these limits.

Original languageEnglish
Article number592402
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventComplex Mediums VI: Light and Complexity - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2005 Jul 312005 Aug 2


  • Group velocity
  • Slow light propagation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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