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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1551–1553

Photon lifetime in a cavity containing a slow-light medium

T. Lauprêtre, C. Proux, R. Ghosh, S. Schwartz, F. Goldfarb, and F. Bretenaker  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 9, pp. 1551-1553 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001551


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Abstract

We investigate experimentally the lifetime of the photons in a cavity containing a medium exhibiting strong positive dispersion. This intracavity positive dispersion is provided by a metastable helium gas at room temperature in the electromagnetically induced transparency regime, in which light propagates at a group velocity of the order of 10 4 m · s 1 . The results definitely prove that the lifetime of the cavity photons is governed by the group velocity of light in the cavity and not its phase velocity.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: November 12, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2011
Published: April 21, 2011

Citation
T. Lauprêtre, C. Proux, R. Ghosh, S. Schwartz, F. Goldfarb, and F. Bretenaker, "Photon lifetime in a cavity containing a slow-light medium," Opt. Lett. 36, 1551-1553 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-9-1551


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