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Controlling the Velocity of Light: Fundamentals and Applications

Professor Robert W. Boyd

The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, USA.

Tuesday, 3rd July 2007, 3.30PM, EN101, Ground floor, Engineering Building, Hawthorn.

Research performed over the past several years has demonstrated new methods for controlling the velocity of propagation of light pulses through material systems. Ultra slow velocities (tens of meters per second) and ultra fast velocities (including negative velocities) have been demonstrated. This talk will commence with an overview of the field of slow and fast light and will include a discussion of some new ideas for applications of fast and slow light based on the use of room temperature solids.

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