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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2008
  • pp: B1–B5

Coherent transients: optical precursors and 0 π pulses

Heejeong Jeong and Ulf Österberg  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 7, pp. B1-B5 (2008)

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We discuss the transient effects associated with short-pulse propagation in a linearly dispersive medium by comparing optical precursors with 0 π pulses. The classical and quantum effects were, in the past, treated independently due to the different time scales. Using results from recent studies [ Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 143901 (2006) ] as well as the discussions by Varoquaux et al. [Phys. Rev. B. 34, 7617 (1989)] and Bürck [Hyperfine Interact. 123, 483 (1999)] , we show analytically that precursors and 0 π pulses describe the same physical phenomenon. We also show that most published results of transient pulse propagation can be expressed using one overarching equation. Finally, we give a physical interpretation of the analogy between precursors and 0 π pulses as a medium-impulse response using a Green’s function.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: November 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 31, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 1, 2008
Published: March 28, 2008

Heejeong Jeong and Ulf Österberg, "Coherent transients: optical precursors and 0π pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, B1-B5 (2008)

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