We investigate the propagation of intense probe pulses in a lifetime broadened <i>Λ</i>-type three-level atomic system with a configuration of electromagnetically induced transparency. We find that ultraslow optical solitons formed by a balance between dispersion and nonlinearity can be stored and retrieved in the system by switching off and on a control field. Such pulses are robust during storage and retrieval, and hence may have potential applications in optical and quantum information processing.
© 2013 Chinese Optics Letters
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.5530) Quantum optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
Zhengyang Bai, Chao Hang, and Guoxiang Huang, "Storage and retrieval of ultraslow optical solitons in coherent atomic system," Chin. Opt. Lett. 11, 012701- (2013)