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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 16 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 15236–15243

Emission of photon echoes in a strongly scattering medium

F. Beaudoux, A. Ferrier, O. Guillot-Noël, T. Chanelière, J.-L. Le Gouët, and Ph. Goldner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 16, pp. 15236-15243 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.015236


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Abstract

We observe the two- and three-pulse photon echo emission from a scattering powder, obtained by grinding a Pr3+:Y2SiO5 rare earth doped single crystal. We show that the collective emission is coherently constructed over several grains. A well defined atomic coherence can therefore be created between randomly placed particles. Observation of photon echo on powders as opposed to bulk materials opens the way to faster material development. More generally, time-domain resonant four-wave mixing offers an attractive approach to investigate coherent propagation in scattering media.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

ToC Category:
Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: May 26, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2011
Published: July 25, 2011

Citation
F. Beaudoux, A. Ferrier, O. Guillot-Noël, T. Chanelière, J.-L. Le Gouët, and Ph. Goldner, "Emission of photon echoes in a strongly scattering medium," Opt. Express 19, 15236-15243 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-16-15236


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