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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2010
  • pp: 151–153

Observation of phase variation within stationary light pulses inside a cold atomic medium

Thorsten Peters, Yi-Hsin Chen, Jian-Siung Wang, Yen-Wei Lin, and Ite A. Yu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp. 151-153 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.000151


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Abstract

The successful formation of stationary light pulses in a cold atomic medium was demonstrated recently. However, unlike in hot media, a detuning between the counterpropagating fields had to be applied. Here we demonstrate that a significant nonuniform phase variation can be induced during a period of stationary light owing to off-resonantly driven transitions. The experimental results are in good agreement with theoretical predictions for media of low optical depth. For media of high optical depth the numerical simulations indicate that such phase variation becomes negligible. Thus stationary light based on this coupling scheme could be used for possible future applications in quantum information processing.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 13, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 14, 2009
Published: January 13, 2010

Citation
Thorsten Peters, Yi-Hsin Chen, Jian-Siung Wang, Yen-Wei Lin, and Ite A. Yu, "Observation of phase variation within stationary light pulses inside a cold atomic medium," Opt. Lett. 35, 151-153 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-2-151


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