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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 21 — Oct. 13, 2008
  • pp: 16723–16728

Observations of self-induced ultraslow light in a persistent spectral hole burning medium

J. Hahn and B. S. Ham  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp. 16723-16728 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.016723


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Abstract

We present observations of self induced ultraslow light in a persistent spectral hole-burning rare-earth doped crystal. The observed group delay (velocity) is as long as 40 µs (75 m/s), which is comparable to that obtained using electromagnetically induced transparency or coherent population oscillations. We analyze the observed ultraslow light as a function of frequency detuning, light intensity, and atom population (oscillator strength). The present observation of ultraslow light in a persistent spectral hole-burning medium gives potentials to all-optical information processing such as on-demand all-optical buffer memories.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(260.2710) Physical optics : Inhomogeneous optical media

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History
Original Manuscript: August 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 30, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2008
Published: October 6, 2008

Citation
J. Hahn and B. S. Ham, "Observations of self-induced ultraslow light in a persistent spectral hole burning medium," Opt. Express 16, 16723-16728 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-21-16723


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