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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4538–4546

Double photonic bandgaps dynamically induced in a tripod system of cold atoms

Cui-Li Cui, Jin-Hui Wu, Jin-Wei Gao, Yan Zhang, and Nuo Ba  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 4538-4546 (2010)

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A tripod atomic system driven by two standing-wave fields (a coupling and a driving) is explored to generate tunable double photonic bandgaps in the regime of electromagnetically induced transparency. Both photonic bandgaps depend critically on frequency detunings, spatial periodicities, and initial phases of the two standing-wave fields. When the coupling and driving detunings are very close, a small fluctuation of one standing-wave field may demolish both photonic bandgaps. If the two detunings are greatly different, however, each standing-wave field determines only one photonic bandgap in a less sensitive way. Dynamic generation and elimination of a pair of photonic bandgaps shown here may be exploited toward the end of simultaneous manipulation of two weak light signals even at the single-photon level.

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OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(160.5293) Materials : Photonic bandgap materials

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: December 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 30, 2010
Published: February 19, 2010

Cui-Li Cui, Jin-Hui Wu, Jin-Wei Gao, Yan Zhang, and Nuo Ba, "Double photonic bandgaps dynamically induced in a tripod system of cold atoms," Opt. Express 18, 4538-4546 (2010)

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