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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 13 — Jun. 18, 2012
  • pp: 13702–13710

Demonstration of images with negative group velocities

Ryan T. Glasser, Ulrich Vogl, and Paul D. Lett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 13, pp. 13702-13710 (2012)

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We report the experimental demonstration of the superluminal propagation of multi-spatial-mode images via four-wave mixing in hot atomic vapor, in which all spatial sub-regions propagate with negative group velocities. We investigate the spatial mode properties and temporal reshaping of the fast light images, and show large relative pulse peak advancements of up to 64 % of the input pulse width. The degree of temporal reshaping is quantified and increases as the relative pulse peak advancement increases. When optimized for image quality or pulse advancement, negative group velocities of up to v g = c 880 and v g = c 2180, respectively, are demonstrated when integrating temporally over the entire image. The present results are applicable to temporal cloaking devices that require strong manipulation of the dispersion relation, where one can envision temporally cloaking various spatial regions of an image for different durations. Additionally, the modes involved in a four-wave mixing process similar to the present experiment have been shown to exhibit quantum correlations and entanglement. The results presented here provide insight into how to tailor experimental tests of the behavior of these quantum correlations and entanglement in the superluminal regime.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: April 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2012
Published: June 4, 2012

Ryan T. Glasser, Ulrich Vogl, and Paul D. Lett, "Demonstration of images with negative group velocities," Opt. Express 20, 13702-13710 (2012)

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