Instability limits to "fast light" optical pulse propagation


Conference Paper

This work demonstrates a novel experimental configuration that uses two potassium vapor cells, each of which is pumped by a single monochromatic beam, to suppress modulation instability. The linear dispersive properties of the combined system gives rise to fast light (similar to dispersion management in optical telecommunication systems), but the induced modulation instability cannot occur because no atom experience the combined effect of both pump frequencies. Results also show the electronic power spectrum of the detected fluctuations in the transmitted bichromatic pump beam, optical pulse propagation through a cell of potassium atoms pumped by a bichromatic field, and a large fast-light pulse advancement using the two-zone setup.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gauthier, DJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2003

Published In

  • 2003 European Quantum Electronics Conference, Eqec 2003

Start / End Page

  • 117 -

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0780377338

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780780377332

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/EQEC.2003.1313974

Citation Source

  • Scopus