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Fast Light, Slow Light and Left Handed Light

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Fast Light, Slow Light and Left Handed Light

Fast Light, Slow Light and Left Handed Light

- Collection Series in Optics and Optoelectronics

247 pages, parution le 07/12/2004


This international series includes books on all aspects of theoretical and applied optics and optoelectronics, including geometrical and wave optics, nonlinear optics, optical materials, lasers, quantum and atom optics, imaging and information processing, optical data storage and communication, fabrication technologies, and optical and optoelectronic device physics. Titles in the series range in level from advanced textbooks for graduate students, to research monographs on specialized topics designed to meet the requirements of scientists and engineers working in the optics and optoelectronics industry.

The propagation of light in dispersive media is a subject of fundamental as well as practical importance. In recent years attention has focused in particular on media in which the refractive index can vary with frequency in such a way that the group velocities of optical pulses can be much greater or much smallerthan the speed of light in vacuum, or in which the refractive index can be negative.This book treats these topics at an introductory to intermediate level, focusing on the basic theory but also describingthe significant experimental progress made duringthe past decade.

Considerable attention is paid to the fact that superluminal group velocities are not in conflict with special relativity, and to the role of quantum effects in preventingsuperluminal communication and violations of Einstein causality. Some of the basic physics at the opposite extreme of very slow grou p velocities, and stopped and regenerated light, is discussed, including the concepts of electromagnetically induced transparency and dark-state polaritons.

Another very active aspect of the subject concerns the possibility of designing 'metamaterials' in which the refractive index can be negative and propagating light is left-handed in the sense that the phase and group velocities are in opposite directions. The last two chapters of the book are an introduction to some of the basic theory and consequences of negative refractive index, with emphasis on the seminal work carried out since 2000. The possibility that 'perfect' lenses can be made from negative-index metamaterials, which has been perhaps the most controversial aspect of the field, is introduced and discussed in some detail.


  • Preface
  • In the beginning
  • Fast light
  • Quantum theory and light propagation
  • Fast light and signal velocity
  • Slow light
  • Stopped, stored, and regenerated light
  • Left-handed light : basic theory's Metamaterials for left-handed light
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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Éditeur(s) Institute of Physics (IOP)
Auteur(s) P. W. Milonni
Collection Series in Optics and Optoelectronics
Parution 07/12/2004
Nb. de pages 247
Format 16 x 24
Couverture Relié
Poids 579g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780750309264
ISBN13 978-0-7503-0926-4


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