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Why do we need slow light?

Nature Photonics volume 2, pages 448450 (2008) | Download Citation

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The extreme speed at which light moves, and the fact that photons do not tend to interact with transparent matter, is of enormous benefit to mankind. It allows us to see deep into the Universe and to transmit data over long distances in optical fibres. So, why slow light down?

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    • Thomas F. Krauss

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