Volume 86, Number 1, April 2009
Article Number 14003
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 21 April 2009
EPL, 86 (2009) 14003
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/86/14003

Stopping and manipulating light using a short array of active microresonators

Y. Dumeige

ENSSAT-FOTON (CNRS-UMR 6082)/Université de Rennes 1 - 6 rue de Kerampont, Boîte Postale 80518, 22300 Lannion, France, EU

received 5 December 2008; accepted in final form 9 March 2009; published April 2009
published online 21 April 2009

We theoretically propose a light-stopping process that uses loss and gain dynamical tuning in short coupled-resonator delay lines. The structure is made of four resonators and is optimized to avoid pulse distortion in the passive regime. The loss and gain modulations allow the resonant structure to be isolated from the access waveguide and the pulse to be stored. We demonstrate via numerical simulations the pulse storing process and show that this active delay line also induces nonlinear effects leading to pulse compression. This last property could be useful for pulse dispersion tailoring.

42.60.Da - Resonators, cavities, amplifiers, arrays, and rings.
42.25.Bs - Wave propagation, transmission and absorption.
42.65.Re - Ultrafast processes; optical pulse generation and pulse compression.

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