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    Light transmission through and its complete stoppage in an ultra slow wave optical medium

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    Light Wave transmission -- its compression, amplification, and the optical energy storage -- in an Ultra Slow Wave Medium (USWM) is studied analytically. Our phenomenological treatment is based entirely on the continuity equation for the optical energy flux, and the well known distribution-product property of Dirac delta-function. The results so obtained provide a clear understanding of some recent experiments on light transmission and its complete stoppage in an USWM. Keywords : Ultra slow light, stopped light, slow wave medium, EIT.Comment: (single-column 5pages PDF). Simple class-room phenomenological model of stopped light. Comments most welcom

    Scaling of Fracture Strength in Disordered Quasi-Brittle Materials

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    This paper presents two main results. The first result indicates that in materials with broadly distributed microscopic heterogeneities, the fracture strength distribution corresponding to the peak load of the material response does not follow the commonly used Weibull and (modified) Gumbel distributions. Instead, a {\it lognormal} distribution describes more adequately the fracture strengths corresponding to the peak load of the response. Lognormal distribution arises naturally as a consequence of multiplicative nature of large number of random distributions representing the stress scale factors necessary to break the subsequent "primary" bond (by definition, an increase in applied stress is required to break a "primary" bond) leading up to the peak load. Numerical simulations based on two-dimensional triangular and diamond lattice topologies with increasing system sizes substantiate that a {\it lognormal} distribution represents an excellent fit for the fracture strength distribution at the peak load. The second significant result of the present study is that, in materials with broadly distributed microscopic heterogeneities, the mean fracture strength of the lattice system behaves as μf=μf(LogL)ψ+cL\mu_f = \frac{\mu_f^\star}{(Log L)^\psi} + \frac{c}{L}, and scales as μf1(LogL)ψ\mu_f \approx \frac{1}{(Log L)^\psi} as the lattice system size, LL, approaches infinity.Comment: 24 pages including 11 figure