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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 how refractive index can
vary with frequency in such a way that the group velocities of
optical pulses can be much greater or much smaller than the speed
of light in vacuum, or in which the refractive index can be
negative. Treating these topics at an introductory to
intermediate level, Fast Light, Slow Light and Left-Handed Light
focuses on the basic theory and describes the significant
experimental progress made during the past decade.

The book pays considerable attention to the fact that
superluminal group velocities are not in conflict with special
relativity and to the role of quantum effects in preventing
superluminal communication and violations of Einstein causality.
It also explores some of the basic physics at the opposite
extreme of very slow group velocities as well as stopped and
regenerated light, including the concepts of electromagnetically
induced transparency and dark-state polaritons. Another very
active aspect of the subject discussed 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 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.


Fast Light, Slow Light and Left-Handed Light (Series in Optics and Optoelectronics)


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