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Optical Precursors

From Classical Waves to Single Photons

  • JF Chen
  • Heejeong Jeong
  • MMT Loy
  • Shengwang Du

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Jiefei Chen, Heejeong Jeong, Michael M. T. Loy, Shengwang Du
    Pages 1-11
  3. Jiefei Chen, Heejeong Jeong, Michael M. T. Loy, Shengwang Du
    Pages 13-31
  4. Jiefei Chen, Heejeong Jeong, Michael M. T. Loy, Shengwang Du
    Pages 33-43
  5. Jiefei Chen, Heejeong Jeong, Michael M. T. Loy, Shengwang Du
    Pages 45-64
  6. Jiefei Chen, Heejeong Jeong, Michael M. T. Loy, Shengwang Du
    Pages 65-74
  7. Jiefei Chen, Heejeong Jeong, Michael M. T. Loy, Shengwang Du
    Pages 75-79

About this book

Introduction

Ever since Einstein’s special relativity in 1905, the principle of invariant light speed in vacuum has been attracting attention from a wide range of disciplines. How to interpret the principle of light speed? Is light referred to continuous light, or light pulse with definite boundaries? Recent discovery of superluminal medium triggered vigorous discussion within the Physics community. Can communication via such “superluminal channel” break the speed limit and thus violate causality principle? Or, will a single photon, which is not governed by classical laws of Physics, tend to break the speed limit? To solve these problems, in this Brief we bring in optical precursor, the theoretical works for which started as early as 1914. This is a typical optical phenomenon combining wave propagation theory and light-wave interaction. Both theory and experimental works are covered in this Brief. The study of precursor verifies that the effective information carried by light pulses can never exceed the speed of light in vacuum- c. Further, through observation from nonclassical single photon source, the precursor rules out the probability of a single photon traveling with the speed, breaking the classical limit.

Keywords

Causality Principle Cold Atoms Faster-than-light Velocity Invariant Light Speed Light-wave Interaction Non-classical Single Photon Optical Precursors Superfluid Helium Superluminal Medium/Channel Three-level EIT System Wide-band Materials

Authors and affiliations

  • JF Chen
    • 1
  • Heejeong Jeong
    • 2
  • MMT Loy
    • 3
  • Shengwang Du
    • 4
  1. 1., Deptartment of PhysicsEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina, People's Republic
  2. 2., Frontier Research LaboratorySamsung Advanced Institute of TechnologyYong-inKorea, Republic of (South Korea)
  3. 3., Dept of PhysicsHong Kong University of Science and TechHong KongHong Kong SAR
  4. 4., Dept of PhysicsHong Kong University of Science and TechHong KongHong Kong SAR

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-4451-94-9
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-4451-93-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-4451-94-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5423
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5431
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