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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 14902–14908

Electromagnetically-induced transparency and slow light in GaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum wells in a transient regime

Seong-Min Ma, Hua Xu, and Byoung Seung Ham  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 14902-14908 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.014902


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Abstract

Electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT) is observed and analyzed for the group velocity of a femtosecond light pulse interacting with GaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum wells (MQWs) in a transient regime. The calculated slowdown factor of the group velocity inside the medium due to the dynamic refractive index change is ~2.10 × 103. We discuss the potential of EIT-induced slow light in GaAs/AlGaAs MQWs for ultrafast (~210 GHz) all-optical information processing such as photon routing.

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OCIS Codes
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(300.6470) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, semiconductors
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 8, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 4, 2009
Published: August 6, 2009

Citation
Seong-Min Ma, Hua Xu, and Byoung Seung Ham, "Electromagnetically-induced transparency and slow light in GaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum wells in a transient regime," Opt. Express 17, 14902-14908 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-17-14902


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