Selected Publications

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BYU Authors: M. Ware, S. A. Glasgow, and J. Peatross, published in Opt. Express
We examine the energy exchanged between an electromagnetic pulse and a linear dielectric medium in which it propagates. While group velocity indicates the presence of field energy ( the locus of which an move with arbitrary speed), the velocity of energy transport maintains strict luminality. This indicates that the medium treats the leading and trailing portions of the pulse differently. The principle of causality requires the medium to respond to the instantaneous spectrum, the spectrum of the pulse truncated at each new instant as a given lo ale in the medium experiences the pulse. (C) 2001 Optical Society of America.
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BYU Authors: S. Glasgow, M. Ware, and J. Peatross, published in Phys. Rev. E
Without approximation the energy density in Poynting's theorem for the generally dispersive and passive dielectric medium is demonstrated to be a system total dynamical energy density. Thus the density in Poynting's theorem is a conserved form that by virtue of its positive definiteness prescribes important qualitative and quantitative features of the medium-field dynamics by rendering the system dynamically closed. This fully three-dimensional result, applicable to anisotropic and inhomogeneous media, is model independent, relying solely on the complex-analytic consequences of causality and passivity. As direct applications of this result, we show (1) that a causal medium responds to a virtual, "instantaneous" field spectrum, (2) that a causal, passive medium supports only a luminal front velocity, (3) that the spatial "center-of-mass" motion of the total dynamical energy is also always luminal and (4) that contrary to (3) the spatial center-of-mass speed of subsets of the total dynamical energy can be arbitrarily large. Thus we show that in passive media superluminal estimations of energy transport velocity for spatially extended pulses is inextricably associated with incomplete energy accounting.
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BYU Authors: Justin Peatross, Michael Ware, and Scott A. Glasgow, published in J. Opt. Soc. Am. A
A model-independent theorem demonstrates how a causal linear dielectric medium responds to the instantaneous spectrum, that is, the spectrum of the electric field pulse that is truncated at each new instant (as a given locale in the medium experiences the pulse). This process leads the medium to exchange energy with the front of a pulse differently than with the back as the instantaneous spectrum laps onto or off of nearby resonances. So-called superluminal pulse propagation in either absorbing or amplifying media as well as highly subluminal pulse propagation are understood qualitatively and quantitatively within this context. (C) 2001 Optical Society of America.