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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1840–1849

Controlling the photonic band structure of optically driven cold atoms

Jin-Hui Wu, M. Artoni, and G. C. La Rocca  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 11, pp. 1840-1849 (2008)

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An analytical method based on a two-mode approximation is here developed to study the optical response of a periodically modulated medium of ultracold atoms driven into a regime of standing-wave electromagnetically induced transparency. A systematic comparison with the usual approach based on the coupled Maxwell–Liouville equations shows that our method is very accurate in the frequency region of interest. Our method, in particular, explains in a straightforward manner the formation of a well-developed photonic bandgap in the optical Bloch wave vector dispersion. For ultracold Rb 87 atoms nearly perfect reflectivity may be attained and a light pulse whose frequency components are contained within the gap is seen to be reflected with little loss and deformation.

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OCIS Codes
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: May 13, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 9, 2008
Published: October 15, 2008

Jin-Hui Wu, M. Artoni, and G. C. La Rocca, "Controlling the photonic band structure of optically driven cold atoms," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 1840-1849 (2008)

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