Light pulse delay in semiconductor quantum well Bragg structures

N. H. Kwong, Z. S. Yang, D. T. Nguyen, R. Binder, Arthur L. Smirl

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We present a theoretical analysis of light pulse delay in resonant photonic bandgap structures made from Bragg-spaced semiconductor quantum wells. Quantum well Bragg structures offer the possibility for parametric manipulation of the polariton band structure. This, in turn, may be used for stopping, storing, and releasing of light pulses. Based on a theoretical model utilizing a time-dependent transfer matrix approach to the solution of Maxwell's equations, we study light pulse propagation, light pulse trapping and releasing, and light pulse deformation in these structures. We discuss the photonic band structure concepts relevant to our light delay scheme and present numerical simulation results of pulse delay through presently existing quantum well Bragg structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing III
StatePublished - 2006
EventAdvanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing III - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2006Jan 25 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherAdvanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Anti-reflection coating
  • Photonic band structure
  • Quantum well Bragg structures
  • Slow light

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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