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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2012
  • pp: 2400–2402

Temporal coherent control of superfluorescent pulses

Gombojav O. Ariunbold, Vladimir A. Sautenkov, and Marlan O. Scully  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 12, pp. 2400-2402 (2012)

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We demonstrate that collective atomic interferences can be investigated by measuring the superfluorescence (SF) time delay. A pair of broadband (20nm), ultrashort (80fs), collinear pulses with a variable delay coherently excites rubidium (Rb) atoms. The generated superfluorescent pulses at 420 nm on the cascade transition are recorded by a picosecond streak camera. Both intensity and SF time delay of the 420 nm pulse are altered as the delay between input pulses varies. In particular, the SF time delay of the normalized 420 nm pulse exhibits oscillations with different periods. This can be understood in terms of atomic and quantum interferences due to two possible two-photon excitation pathways through the intermediate levels (Rb D-lines).

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(270.6630) Quantum optics : Superradiance, superfluorescence
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: January 6, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 22, 2012
Published: June 13, 2012

Gombojav O. Ariunbold, Vladimir A. Sautenkov, and Marlan O. Scully, "Temporal coherent control of superfluorescent pulses," Opt. Lett. 37, 2400-2402 (2012)

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