A stimulated photon echo has been observed from the artificially modulated inhomogeneous distribution of a medium. A cryogenic Eu3+:YAlO3 sample with a quasi-persistent hole lifetime is exposed to a frequency-scanned and intensity-modulated cw laser for multiple hole burning. A coherent burst equivalent to the stimulated photon echo is obtained by triggering this sample by a pulsed laser. We demonstrate further that any desired transient pulse shape can, in principle, be obtained by appropriate frequency-domain programming, which opens the way to a novel type of optical memory.
© 1991 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 5, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: November 28, 1990
Published: February 15, 1991
Masaharu Mitsunaga, Ryuzi Yano, and Naoshi Uesugi, "Spectrally programmed stimulated photon echo," Opt. Lett. 16, 264-266 (1991)