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Abhilash41 • Dec 1, 2007

Capturing Light

Read an article about how Prof. Ortwin Hess, his phd student Kosmas Tsakmakidis (University of Surrey) and Prof Alan Boardman (Salford University) are attempting to slow and capture light using "negative refractive index metamaterials". They also employ the Goos-Hanchen effect. The idea is to use light instead of electrons to store memory in computers and also "slow light" could be used to increase speeds of optical networks.
For more details:
1. Media Release
2. Goos-Hanchen Effect
Elisa • Dec 2, 2007
Looks like a cool idea. How will slowing down of light help in increasing speeds of optical networks?
Abhilash41 • Dec 2, 2007
Quote from above media release:
At major interconnection points, where billions of optical data packets arrive simultaneously, it would be useful if we could control this traffic optically, by slowing some data packets to let others through. This system would work in the same way as traffic congestion calming schemes do on our motorways, when a reduction in the speed limit enables swifter overall flow of traffic.

check these out:
Slow Light in Optical Fibers Using Stimulated Brillouin Scattering
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Ashraf HZ • Dec 5, 2007
Awesome.. thanks for the info bro. This would certainly be big thing for communication systems.
shyamcn10 • Feb 14, 2008
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