A new method is studied for reading data that have been optically stored within the inhomogeneous spectral width of a material. The memory element is illuminated by a broad-bandwidth laser pulse. The signal that results from this excitation is analyzed by cross correlation with the field of a reference pulse, which is nothing but a delayed replica of the read pulse. Theoretical and experimental aspects of this process are discussed.
© 1991 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 31, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 1990
Published: January 1, 1991
A. Débarre, J.-C. Keller, J.-L. Le Gouët, and P. Tchénio, "Field cross-correlation retrieval of optically stored data," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 153-159 (1991)