Journal of Computer-Aided Materials Design

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 1–15 | Cite as

Reversed and Anomalous Doppler Effects in Photonic Crystals and other Time-dependent Periodic Media

  • Evan J. Reed
  • Marin Soljačić
  • Mihai Ibanescu
  • J. D. Joannopoulos


We predict that reversed and anomalous non-relativistic Doppler shifts can be observed under some circumstances when light reflects from a shock wave front propagating through a photonic crystal, or material with a periodic modulation of the dielectric. This theoretical prediction is generalizable and applies to wave-like excitations in a variety of periodic media. An experimental observation of this effect has recently been made (Seddon, N. and Bearpark, T. Science, 302 (2003) 1537) and we provide a brief discussion of this experiment.


Doppler effect photonic crystal shock wave 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evan J. Reed
    • 2
    • 1
  • Marin Soljačić
    • 1
  • Mihai Ibanescu
    • 1
  • J. D. Joannopoulos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

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