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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2006
  • pp: 795–800

Efficiency and uniformity considerations in optical coherent transient devices

Jim Murray, Hongyan Li, Mingzhen Tian, W. Randall Babbitt, and Tiejun Chang  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 5, pp. 795-800 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.23.000795


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Abstract

The efficiency and uniformity of photon echoes are investigated in optical coherent transient sequences using temporally overlapped linear frequency-chirped programming pulses. Distortions in the power spectrum of the programming pulses due to edge effects are found to cause fluctuations in echo efficiency as a function of echo time delay. Smoothing the edges of the programming pulse envelopes is found to significantly reduce distortion in the power spectrum of the pulses, which leads to echoes that are both more efficient and more uniform than those generated by pulses without smoothed edges. The effect of programming pulse strength on echo efficiency and uniformity is shown and discussed through simulations for an optically thin medium and through experiment in Tm 3 + : YAG at 4 K .

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(300.6240) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, coherent transient

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 29, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 16, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 22, 2005

Citation
Jim Murray, Hongyan Li, Mingzhen Tian, W. Randall Babbitt, and Tiejun Chang, "Efficiency and uniformity considerations in optical coherent transient devices," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 795-800 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-23-5-795


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