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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2374–2376

Room-temperature spectral hole burning in an engineered inhomogeneously broadened resonance

Adrian A. Juarez, Ramon Vilaseca, Zhaoming Zhu, and Daniel J. Gauthier  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 20, pp. 2374-2376 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.002374


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Abstract

We observe spectral hole burning in a room-temperature optical fiber pumped by a spectrally broadened pump beam. This beam drives the stimulated Brillouin process, creating an inhomogeneously broadened resonance in the material whose shape can be engineered by tailoring the beam’s spectrum. A monochromatic saturating beam “burns” a narrow spectral hole that is 10 4 times narrower than the inhomogeneous width of the resonance. This research paves the way toward agile optical information processing and storage using standard telecommunication components.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin
(300.6460) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, saturation

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: June 3, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 2008
Published: October 14, 2008

Citation
Adrian A. Juarez, Ramon Vilaseca, Zhaoming Zhu, and Daniel J. Gauthier, "Room-temperature spectral hole burning in an engineered inhomogeneously broadened resonance," Opt. Lett. 33, 2374-2376 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-20-2374


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