Coherent atomic mirror formed by randomly distributed ions inside a crystal

Arindam Nandi, Haechan An, Mahdi Hosseini*

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Spatial distribution of atoms plays an important role in the interaction of atomic ensembles and electromagnetic fields. In this Letter, we show that by spatio-spectral tailoring of atomic absorption, one can effectively carve out a periodic array from randomly distributed atomic ensembles hosted by a solid-state crystal. Furthermore, we observe collective atomic resonances and coherent backscattering of light from rare-earth-doped crystals. Coherent backscattering as high as 20% was observed for light at telecom wavelength from Er ions, forming an effective array with over 5000 centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1880-1883
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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