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Homework Help: Anomalous Dispersion?

  1. Jun 14, 2007 #1
    Anomalous Dispersion???

    All I know about anomalous dispersion is that it has a negative second order propagation vector.
    That would mean the refractive index is negative...how???

    How do you also "achieve" or get "into" the anomalous dispersion regime?
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  3. Jun 14, 2007 #2

    Meir Achuz

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    The group velocity of a wave is given by
    This means when [tex]dn/d\lambda[/tex] is positive, the group velocity could be greater than c. The refractive spectrum would also be reversed. For these reasons, [tex]dn/d\lambda>0[/tex] is called "anomalous dispersion".
    n is still usually postive, but the lambda derivative is positive.
    Anomalous dispersion usually occurs near a resonant frequency of the material, where n varies rapidly with wavelength. Because of this rapid variation, [tex]v_g[/tex] does not represent the propagation velocity of a pulse, so that relativity is not violated.
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