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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 12 — Jun. 7, 2010
  • pp: 13204–13211

Practical tests for distinguishing slow light from saturable absorption

Adrian C. Selden  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 12, pp. 13204-13211 (2010)

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A series of practical tests of slow light (light with reduced group velocity) in saturable absorbers is proposed. These include experimental tests for saturable absorption, which can mimic slow light effects in saturable media, the dependence of slow light on the mutual coherence of pump and probe, since both slow and fast light effects can be simulated with incoherent sources, and the influence of polarization. The principal requirements for practical observation of spectral hole burning are reviewed and shown to be achievable for a wide range of saturable media with the narrow line sources now available.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects

ToC Category:
Slow and Fast Light

Original Manuscript: February 17, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 17, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2010
Published: June 4, 2010

Adrian C. Selden, "Practical tests for distinguishing slow light from saturable absorption," Opt. Express 18, 13204-13211 (2010)

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