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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2080–2089

Two-level laser by the interaction of self-induced transparency pulses and surface Anderson localizations of light

Viola Folli and Claudio Conti  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 8, pp. 2080-2089 (2012)

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Self-induced transparency (SIT) pulses induce a traveling population inversion in two-level atoms. As a rule, the active medium in which the soliton travels has to be homogeneous. Here, we study the effect of a spatially disordered modulation in the refractive index profile that may lead to Anderson localizations. The interplay between the ultrashort SIT pulse, a nonlinear effect, and this kind of disorder-induced mode exhibits intriguing features. Once the SIT pulse is confined in the spatially confined regions, they act as closed cavities for the SIT population inversion. A positive optical feedback mechanism can be thus activated and, as a result, a two-level laserlike emission can be obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: March 30, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 2012
Published: July 20, 2012

Viola Folli and Claudio Conti, "Two-level laser by the interaction of self-induced transparency pulses and surface Anderson localizations of light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 2080-2089 (2012)

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